GIFTS OF THE MAGI

Unexpected Christmas Gift by Shelby Miller on Unsplash

It was a chilly afternoon in December. It was my second winter in Maryland and I hadn’t yet grown accustomed to the cooler weather, being a Florida native. My growing womb had become increasingly more uncomfortable as my insides stretched to make room for the new life growing inside. It…


I’ve heard the phrase “Do it afraid” so many times, but I never really understood it until I became an adult. Growing up is so overrated, right? I have been through some of the most challenging years of my life lately, and I often pause to think how I made…


I had an experience at church this weekend y’all. A holy and filling one that stirred me immensely. While singing the lines of a familiar hymn, the atmosphere shifted with such force that tears cascaded from my eyes without warning. I worshipped, devoid of abandon, and the thick outpouring of…


by Li Wubin on Unsplash

I have memories of you, lots of them. Some good, some not so good, some foggy and patchy, some as sharp and clear as glass. I am grateful for these memories as some have none. I have counted and recounted my blessings in so many ways. …


“Mother tells daughter a secret on old city street” by London Scout on Unsplash

Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. It is a cacophony of love, pain, fear, excitement and every other adjective imaginable in between. However, This Mother’s Day, I chose to do something a little different. As a girl who lost her mama almost two decades ago, I realized that…


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It felt like being pulled under water, knowing that I would eventually need to come back up for air, but that I didn’t deserve it. The repetitious sting of sadness flooded my heart with each flashback. I had let her down, and I couldn’t forgive myself for it.

I opened…


Photo by Nathaniel Tetteh on Unsplash

I’ll tell you.

My children are watching. Learning. Asking. So we talk.

Black history wasn’t really discussed in great detail in my home. We weren’t the “woke” family wearing kente cloth dashikis or the ones that celebrated Kwanzaa. I knew of Rosa and Martin, but not of Robert Smalls. My…


“A typewriter and a lamp sitting on a desk Bowen Island” by Alexa Mazzarello on Unsplash

What was I thinking? I don’t know. All I knew was that I had made a promise and I had to keep it.

“ Get all the education you can and you will be unstoppable.”

Words my mama told me well over 16 years ago as I was preparing to…


Photo by Jian Xhin on Unsplash

You started off as a little thing, but grew into a lot

you held on for dear life, until you just could not

I didn’t get to know you, but my heart knew your voice

something like a distance whisper, I wish I had the choice

but it wasn’t up…


“Fear is the mind killer.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Growing up, my father was somwhat of a sci-fi tv/movie buff, and I watched (often through covered eyes) some interesting things as a result. One movie in particular stuck a chord with me — although as a child, I didn’t fully…

Quantrilla Ard

Quantrilla (Quanny) Ard is a faith-based personal and spiritual development writer who lives in the DC Metro area with her husband and three littles.

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