Category: Augusta

Thankful for the place that has become our home

‘Tis the season of reflection and gratitude; the time of year we stuff ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie; and sometimes (half heartedly or distractedly) list off the miscellaneous things for which we’re thankful. I talk a lot about my love and affection for this particular holiday. Part of it is nostalgic – Thanksgiving has traditionally been the holiday of family gatherings, cousin scavenger … Read More Thankful for the place that has become our home

On Thrifting: An Essay

My future dream home is one filled with beautifully cultivated treasures and furniture pieces that reflect a good eye for interior design. One where people say, “Wow! Where did you get that coffee table?” (for instance) and I casually respond, “Oh, I found that in a ditch and slapped some paint on it and now it looks like a million bucks!” Side-of-the-road Good Fortune I’ve always … Read More On Thrifting: An Essay

For the love of grits

“It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.” [Maria Sharapova] There’s a coffee shop in town that serves the best grits I’ve ever eaten – and they’re only $5.99 a bowl. Now I know shrimp and grits is a staple southern coastal dish, but … Read More For the love of grits

Never give up on community

Several months ago I wrote this post about our experience “church shopping” here in Augusta, which was written from a heart of love and concern. But also (if I’m being honest) genuine longing and loneliness. I craved community and fellowship. I desired friends. I desperately wanted to be known and know others. Last summer was long, hot, and lonely. And I remember thinking, just three … Read More Never give up on community

October 2016: A Little Life Update on Moving + Friendship

October has arrived in all the glory of less humidity (thank goodness) – a welcome reprieve. I’ve found myself buying more pumpkins than I know what to do with, wandering around the local produce tents and admiring all the fall things (while still wearing tank tops and shorts because even though the humidity has died down, the temperatures are still in the mid-eighties). In … Read More October 2016: A Little Life Update on Moving + Friendship

One Year Later

My husband reminded me last week that we’ve just passed our one year anniversary in the Navy. A year ago, I dropped off my soon-to-be-sailor at a hotel in Raleigh (after squeezing his neck and sobbing into his shirt collar for half an hour). We had two more phone calls before all communication was cut off (with the exception of an occasional letter). In the past year, … Read More One Year Later

My thoughts on ‘church shopping’ and the modern church movement

When my husband and I arrived in Augusta (three months ago), we didn’t have a single friend in the area or any connections whatsoever. Craving Christian fellowship, we’ve spent three months hopping from church to church trying to find a new church home. For anyone who has moved to a new town or decided it was time to find a new church, the experience of … Read More My thoughts on ‘church shopping’ and the modern church movement