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.

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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25 Fall Blog Post Ideas

25 Fall Blog Post Ideas

Hi there! ❤ I hope you’re having a great weekend. 😄💜 All across the blogging world, one of the most helpful types of posts you’ll ever find is one containing blog post ideas. When you’re in need of instant motivation to blog, there’s nothing like reading a list of post subject/title ideas to get you inspired!

So, since I first started this blog, I have really benefited from reading others’ posts that share blog post ideas. I decided to return the favor today! 😍

Below, you will find 25 blog post ideas for the fall that will work for all kinds of bloggers! I hope that they can inspire you to share fall-themed posts on your blog this October and November 😍💛🍂 Enjoy!

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‘I Love You’ – A Short Story

‘I Love You’ – A Short Story

This is part three of ‘Doors Away.’ Enjoy!


Kneeling beside the edge of the pool, she smiled at her reflection in the murky waters. Her rain boots were strapped securely around her feet, and she knew that her companion was just behind her on the trail. Even though he had warned her to stay away from the cold water, especially on these smooth stones, she couldn’t resist admiring the way it all cascaded downhill.

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