Looking over 2019, one thing stands out from the rest—the 8 months I rode the public bus to work. Like most people I can tell you the exact cross streets of the boundaries I live life in. Rarely do I venture from my chosen grocery store, drug store, Walmart, and Target. Even when eating out [...]
Author: Tina D. Stephens
Peace on earth (in the midst of our chaos)
Last night I was reviewing 2018 by scrolling backward through Facebook pictures. It’s amazing what can happen in a year; weight comes and goes and comes again, hair color changes, vacations are taken, and sometimes devastating things happen. While reviewing my profile, I came across the missing persons poster of my daughter from February. I [...]
The Girl in the Picture: a dedication to the birth mothers of my children.
When you realize you don’t control everything
A Controlled Life
I remember playing tug of war at summer camp one year with a pit of mud dividing two teams. The muscles in my arms and legs were pushed to the limit as I braced against the grass and clung to the rope. Then someone fell into the mud pit and our whole team fell forward. [...]
Two months ago I lost my best friend to cancer, and one week ago my youngest daughter tragically lost her birth mother. Death reminds me how vincible we are and every loss brings about it’s own kind of reflection and grief. Shortly after the death of my best friend, her widower gave me an armful [...]
To Love and to Let God.
Goodbye for now.
Stopping for coffee on the way to death
"Maybe the love gets in easier right where the heart’s broke open." -Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way It had come down to a tall Sumatra with room for cream. My favorite Starbucks coffee was warming my hands through a thin paper cup. I was wondering how a cup of coffee could suddenly change the course [...]