Behind The Brand

Write It Down

Posted by Christy Steele on

The Friday morning before I was to go back to school, my phone rang. It was my mom telling me she was in medical distress. We spent the morning in Urgent Care because her doctor couldn’t get her in, and the ER had a 19 hour waiting time. She spent the night with me. The next morning my sister and I knew we had to get her to the ER. As I write this, it is a Tuesday…the tenth day in the hospital. In her moments of awareness she has said she wants us to write a book to tell...

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Don't Put Away the Boots

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Did you see this blog post's picture? Those are my husband's boots. They're setting right where he pulled them off. And that's perfectly fine with me. Because you know what? I would miss those boots if they weren't there. I would long to see those boots. My heart would ache every time I thought of those missing boots. My perspective changed about things like that back in 2015. That's the year my dad died suddenly. By suddenly I mean WITHOUT WARNING. Not a moment of sickness. He went to sleep and didn't wake up. Those first months after his death,...

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No Greater Love

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This Memorial Day holiday has me thinking about the verse from the Bible that says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." --John 15:13. (And what about laying down your life for people...and future generations of people you have never even met?) Oh my goodness...it gives me goose bumps thinking of the bravery and sacrifice. And because of my mind lingering on this verse...along with a conversation I had recently with a friend...I have been contemplating friendships.  Am I a good friend? I hope so. I truly do. But the...

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Wild Flowers

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When asked your favorite kind of flower, what is your answer? Roses? Gardenias? Carnations? Aren't they all so beautiful? My favorite flower isn't one you will order from a florist. It isn't one you typically see in beautiful arrangements. My favorite flower is the honeysuckle. I know it's technically a vine. But I love the aroma of the flowers on those vines. I love the way they grow wild. I love the simple sweetness they possess. Honeysuckle is also my favorite scent. When asked my favorite flower, I hesitate. Because I know honeysuckle isn't the answer people expect. (My second...

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Lean on Me

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The name of our business is a dead giveaway that Shelly and I are believers. Sometimes they "know we are Christians" (as the old hymn goes) by our words, actions, and love that we show.  Sometimes, unfortunately, people have to look a bit deeper. That's because we're humans. God's grace has us covered, when we stray. But regardless if you are a believer or not, we hope you see we are like you in some ways. And even though threads of our spiritual beliefs are woven into our business, our blog posts, our social media, and our business name we...

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