She Calls Me ‘Kiss’

She Calls Me ‘Kiss’

She Calls Me ‘Kiss’

When I look at Elizabeth,
What I hope to see
Is the sweet child that hides behind
The eyes that gaze at me.

When I look at Elizabeth,
What I would love to see
Is the girl who’s chosen a nickname
Which means so much to me.

Elizabeth is slowly learning
The importance of our names,
And how she can refer to us
In both times of sun and rain.

The name she uses just for me
Is a sweet name I’ll never miss –
My little two-year-old sister
Is the one who calls me ‘Kiss.’

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I suppose it’ll be a while yet
Before I understand her mind,
But in the months that follow here,
I simply desire to be kind.


Being a big sister to a child like Elizabeth comes with a dozen daily struggles.

I am challenged every day to care for her in the right, loving, godly way, and more often than not, my efforts fall short. I think that’s because for most of this time, I’ve been relying on my own strength to get through each day … instead of allowing the Lord to love her through me.

Recently, I’ve been adhering to the belief that it will always be this way, that she’ll struggle with her emotions and understanding of the world for years to come. When I stop to watch her, however, I see improvement every day. If I don’t focus on her setbacks, I see the beautiful progress she’s making. When I trust that the Lord is working in her heart, I don’t fall into despair … I give her room to grow.

I’m praying that the Lord will continue to work in my heart, that He will teach me how to love her constantly. I don’t want to only be happy with her and enjoy her presence when she’s having a good day. I desire to care for her in the moments when she doesn’t understand, when she’s trying to understand … because the thing about autism is that she’s not giving me a hard time; she’s having a hard time. That’s a quote I read recently that really spoke to me, because I have to remember that when Elizabeth’s upset about something, she isn’t deliberately throwing a fit, or trying to ruin our day … she’s in just as much pain as we are, if not more.


Living with two autistic siblings has taught me so much more than I would have realized. It’s teaching me how to truly love someone, and how to care for them as the Lord does. It takes a special deepness of love – strength that only the Lord has! – to unconditionally adore people who are different, who have bigger struggles.

I’m praying that I won’t take this time of learning for granted, that I won’t wish it away … I’m praying that I’ll embrace it from here on out.

The inspiration for this poem and post is based on the fact that Elizabeth calls me ‘Kiss.’ She has confused my name with my mom’s occasional encouragement to her to give me a kiss on the cheek, which is both weird and absolutely adorable. The fact that she refers to me by how we show affection to each other honestly touches my heart. It’s the little blessings like this that make life worth living.

Look For The Best In People

Look For The Best In People

When you look for the best in people,
You’re giving them a chance to be
The person that they know they are,
The one that they can see.

When you look for the best in people,
In time, I’m sure you’ll find
That feeling positively toward others
Will beautifully change your mind.

When you look for the best in people,
You will begin to forgive yourself,
For we are all in need of forgiveness,
No more grudges kept on the shelf.

When you look for the best people,
You will feel your love for them grow …
They appreciate your forgiveness
More than you’ll ever know.


Hello! I hope that you’re having a beautiful Sunday morning! Thank you so much for reading 💖 I’m praying that this poem could encourage and inspire you just as much as it helped me to write. ☺️

Have a blessed new week!

Behind The Scenes of My Short Stories

Behind The Scenes of My Short Stories

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Since I first started my blog two winters ago, I have been periodically sharing short stories – you may have seen a few of them! Browsing free stock photo websites to find images for my posts has not only made my blog visually-pleasing, but it has also inspired the writer in me, as well ❤

I decided to share a post about the process of writing these stories because I’ve yet to talk about the process – I’ve just shared the finished products! All six posts contain the short stories and nothing more, so I haven’t discussed the making of them at all. That’s what I’m doing today!

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