Change

Change

It sometimes tip toes in 
It sometimes catches us by surprise 
But mainly it stops us and makes us pay attention.

I am adjusting constantly 
My body adjusts in microscopic ways unbeknownst to me
I adjust again 

A coffee sent me reeling 
A lack of in-home barista 
A lack of your presence 
I adjust again 

Reminding myself of your smile
Of the way my heart will flutter 
When you walk in the door 
I adjust again 

I wait 
Your presence a gift
I froth milk 
Reheat the coffee you left me 
I adjust again. 


~dfd


Shalom as we change with grace,

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Heal

Five Minute Friday


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Heal

Take time to heal they say
feel your emotions 
it leads to the healing way 

How can we heal 
when the wound keeps getting cracked open? 

How will our hearts heal
when every new tragedy shatters it again and again

How can we heal 
when our collective trauma 
is now measured in years?

How can we heal 
when we continue to isolate 
and grief seems to drown us? 

Come,
 together we can heal
we hold our grief together 
we heal together 

We look for beauty together:
the peonies anew heal 
the sun's rays caress tenderly heal
the way our hands linger together heals
her little bright eyes heal
their giggles in the sprinkler heal
our voices raised collectively heal 
our tears shed in community heal
our tables set together heal

The healing of our souls 
lead us to action 
beginning with our hearts 
gently we lay it down 
gently we stand brave and fight for justice

Justice will always prevail.

~DFD

Our hearts are with the families in #uvalde. As we heal may we take action and contact our representatives, donate, and continue to seek justice together. Here are some links that are helping me take action. 
Go Fund me for the families of the Uvalde tragedy
Contact your representatives for gun safety legislation 
An Easy way to contact your representatives using resist bot 

Gracefully,

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Desperate

Five Minute Friday


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Desperate

How long
Will the crush
Of violence suffocate?

How long
Will children’s eyes
Fill with terror?

How long
Will a mother’s tears
Fall desperate?

How long
Will death seem to
Have the last word?

Oh my soul
I know you are troubled
I know you’re desperate for an answer

Remember then:
His faithfulness
His new morning mercies
His steadfast love
His own suffering
His desire to come close
His sure step in the darkest valley

Then my soul cry out:
How long-O Lord
Will your justice delay?
Have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Hear our cries and save
Our desperate prayers
Though feeble fall
Straight in your heart
And your Word sustains

You’re near
and I will see your goodness still.

~DFD

Psalm 6:3

My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O LORD—how long?

Gracefully,

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Recover

Five Minute Friday
Consider the flowers…will he not also care for you.


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Recover

A word spoken in truth
A desire to love with our family
good words, assumptions, anomaly 

Grace covered wounds
moving aside, pushed away
reminded though that He stays 

A sense of loss lingers
a blessing taken
yet my faith remains unshaken

I believe I will see His goodness
I hear my friends voice
tears spill as I rejoice

Stay there
I will come for you
the ones who would come are few

His grace invades my day
my soul buoys in grace
his love my safe space

He carries me
His love recovers me from despair
He is my recovery.
 

~DFD

Gracefully,

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Middle

Five Minute Friday


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Middle

Spring is a middle that is most notable for the beginning. But the life we see pushing forward to begin its life in the light is not the beginning. The beginning was lonely, dark, and required death. There would be no middle without that, there would be no bud or bloom-the seed had to die first.

So it is with our dreams and lives, our beginnings were dark and unknown and definitely mysterious. Then why is it that we expect then to jump right into the middle? We must acknowledge that we can not have a middle that is lush and full without a beginning that requires complete surrender of our dreams.

Gracefully,

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Pressure

Five Minute Friday


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This new year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Pressure

I feel the pressure that comes with the desire to create. And yet the pressure also becomes a catalyst one that propels you to take action. Sometimes, we second guess ourselves and let our thoughts paralyze us.

But what if today instead we allow our minds to focus on prayer as we surrender the dreams and desires to the one who holds all things together?

here is a breath prayer for you as you find rest in Him.

inhale: Lord my stay

exhale: I trade pressure for your presence.

Gracefully,

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Sunrise

Five Minute Friday


So many goals swirling in my brain. So many dreams wanting to take root. I see them. They give me hope that new things are wanting to break through. This new year I want to take time to hone the craft of writing. Five Minute Friday is a great place for me practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Sunrise

Brilliant with radiance
Ushering in newness
Ushering in Hope
Through hardship and storms

Unstoppable
You are a constant in life
Your constancy of grace a testament
In times of sweet abundance

New morning mercies
Rise as you rise
Deliberate in your rising
Never faltering in your light

So is your Maker sun and soul
The one who set your boundaries
And timed your clock perfectly
He also is first to rise

To rise in love
To rise in strength
To gracefully give
New morning mercies

He gives them freely
made just for you this day
Turn your heart to Him
He dawns new and daily
ready for you he waits.

DFD

Gracefully,

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Learn Together

5 Easy ways to learn together during National Black History Month
You can checkout the Bravery Magazine Collection here.

February is one of my favorite months! Not only because it’s my birthday month, although that plays a big part in it being my favorite, of course but also because I feel hopeful in this month. There’s a hope found in February that I don’t see in any other month, its almost like it marks a crossroads for the rest of the year. It is as if the hope of Spring and the Winter unseen growth seem to collide full force into February creating a catalyst for love to win over apathy.

This year, we don’t want to pass up the opportunity to grasp all the hope available in February when it comes to Black History Month. We want to gather cozy and use our family time to also include learning together. I’m excited to share with you five cozy ways to do this as a family while using your senses to enjoy it all. Will you join us in celebrating Black History Month in a new way?


Watch


Netflix is offering these beautiful read aloud read by influential black people who continue to use their voice with courage and give us opportunity to listen to black voices that lead us well. Here‘s the trailer. Your kiddos will enjoy it alongside you and one will not be enough! I especially love this series because it highlights the talent and skill of Black writers reminding us that we don’t only have to learn about their history through books about civil rights but we can also see into their souls as they write about the experiences they have had in their own skin. This is not the only thing you can watch, there are so many good movies and documentaries to prick from as well.

Another good one for your kiddos to watch alongside you is found on Prime Video. Or just to watch on your own and put yourself in the shoes of a Black child in the time around the Civil Rights Movement and gain more insight for how Black children today are asked to take on life so differently then most of us have to. An American Girl Story-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win. They do a beautiful job of depicting

Listen

Music is an easy way to enjoy the amazing talent of Black musicians. Through their words, rhythm, and powerful compositions we can learn more about how they have been shaped by their own history and see how important it is for us to know that history in general has been shaped by them as well. Here are a few of our favorite play lists from different places on the inter webs. Check out this playlist on Prime. Here’s our new favorite one on Apple Music.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/remember-me-to-harlem-ep/1549821910

A free play list on on You Tube.
An Afro-latino play list by Spanish Mama

Read

This is one of my favorite ways to learn and also enjoy the Black culture so close to us and so available to us we just need to make time to immerse ourselves in it. The kids and I are reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This is a beautiful book, a memoir written in poetry form.

A reading

We are also reading through our Bravery Magazines, we are reading about Maya Angelo and working through the activities in the magazine. We are learning about poetry, caring for each other, and how two creatively connect with others realizing we all have more in common than we think. The kids then sent their friends electronically their about me questionnaire and asked their friends to fill out a blank one and send it back to them to see how much they have in common.

Taste

Of course we needed to include food, because well I love food. Celebrating Black History Month requires food indeed. I want to share with you a recipe that I want to try and one we already love and how food connects us through even when we live across the world from each other.

Picture by Chocolate for Basil

I can not wait to try this Peanut Stew. My friend from Central African Republic makes a delicious meat dish with peanut butter, this recipe reminds me his dish.

As I wrote this article I learned about the “after-chop” dessert course of Western Africa high lighting the fruit salad. Giselle loves making fruit salads and I am so excited to try a African fruit salad with her. One of the most interesting things about this fruit salad is that they add avocado to it. I found this list of ingredients, on kidactivities.net “A fruit salad can be made from just three or four of the ingredients listed below.
.Any of the following (fresh or canned): avocado, banana, grapefruit, guava, mango, melon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, tangerine, juice of one lemon, crushed mint leaves, grated coconut, or chopped roasted peanuts, sugar or honey.”

Support

I have been meditating on this verse recently, especially when it comes to how and where I spend my money.

‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

So, as a family we want to make a more conscious effort to support local businesses especially those owned by people of color. I especially want to take great care to not always lean to convenience but to choose a small business over next day shipping. One of the places I want to support more this year are the small black owned book stores. I love books and this year I want to support small book stores over the convenience of Amazon.

What about you? In what ways are you celebrating Black History Month? What ides from the five listed above will you implement?

Gracefully,

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Enthusiasm

Discovery on my 40th birthday

Embracing enthusiasm on a quarantine birthday can be hard to imagine.
I never imagined I would turn 40 and not be able to have a big celebration. You see celebrating is one of my favorite things to do. I love the process of preparing for it, creating an atmosphere of joy, and taking care of the tiniest details as I host.

Well, of all the dreams and imaginings I had for beginning my fourth decade of life, it definitely didn’t include celebrating it in a pandemic. Yet, the enthusiasm that surprised me on this day although unexpected, was the balm that my soul needed.. I expected to feel happy, to smile, and find joy in receiving gifts . But as the morning dawned I found that exuberant enthusiasm greeted me surprising me I began to pay attention.

The day could be described as mundane and even normal. There was the bed to be made, books to be read, and kiddos to be fed. And if I hadn’t had the eyes of enthusiasm for new beginnings and new beauty. I would have missed the way the light streamed across the made med, the beauty of discovering new encouragement in the book today, and the way the little ones with light dancing in their eyes fed me.

So, the day became a searching for the glorious in the mundane, the way the snow covered the earth in an ethereal way, creating a diaphanous cathedral under my own two feet. The sun that had been hidden for weeks was now shinning brighter atop the white glittery snow. So, thank you enthusiasm, for coming in unexpectedly and helping me see the good gifts that awaited me in the most unexpected spaces on this highly awaited 40th birthday!

What about you, are feeling like the mundane is devoid of glorious? Maybe its time to let enthusiasm grab hold of an ordinary day and find that actually more is hidden there than meets the eye.

Gracefully,

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Disappoint

A poem from the depths of my soul for the depth of my soul


Disappoint.

The pain cuts deep
The way you feel after
The way your heart beats faster
The way your dreams attack as you sleep

You feel it
The way their eyes turn from you cold
Burning deep holes in to your soul
You withhold as your cheeks freeze with heat.

It’s all twisted and misunderstood
You know what they think
And their silence you must drink
But your heart is breaking splintering like wood.

The disappoint
The same place you’ve visited before
This time though you feel the remorse
To find yourself again at this end point

No, this time it will be different
You may have not been eloquent
But your heart is pure
You will continue to fight for justice

This time you will not disappoint yourself
This time you will not look for their approval
You will find sure footing in his call
To come to walk with Him

To seek justice, to love mercy
And walk humbly with your God.
At the end of life
This remains, what did you do with His call.?

DFD

Gracefully,