Shade Tree Stories

musings and memories rooted in faith and family

Latest Stories from Under the Shade Trees

  • Sitting In a Cathedral
    As the afternoon began to wane and it was nearing time for us to go back home, I felt myself resisting. I couldn’t bring myself…
  • No Easter Photos
    When I was a little girl, there was no question that my family would spend Easter weekend with my grandparents and attend Sunday church services…
  • My Way
    I had a very proud momma moment last week. I hopped in my daughter’s car for a short ride across town and, as she always…
  • Stubbornly Leaning
    I was asked to write a devotional for a ladies group–“Growing in 2024.” Here’s what I came up with. (Rather, here’s what I think God…
  • Hot Dogs Instead of Steak
    This Christmas was my second year singing Handel’s Messiah with a large choir and orchestra. If you aren’t familiar with The Messiah, it’s an oratorio…
  • It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas
    I had coffee with a friend the morning after Christmas. “It just didn’t feel like Christmas this year,” she said. Many of her family members…
  • Shouting Alleluias and Cuss Words
    I’ve been absent for a bit. Sorry about that. I had a long bout of a Covid-like virus in November and I’ve been scrambling to…
  • Being Present
    I recently enjoyed a much-needed vacation to Hilton Head Island. I was blessed to spend some time relaxing on the beach and bike-riding on the…
  • What test scores and transcripts won’t tell you and letting God do the talking
    My daughter is in the process of applying to vet schools. It’s a highly competitive field, and though there is currently a national shortage of…
  • It Matters So Little
    Presidential hopefuls take the debate stage to brag about their accomplishments and bluster about the incompetencies of their opponents. At the same time, a frail…
  • Singing Children’s Songs
    No summer of my childhood would have been complete without Vacation Bible School. Wafer cookies wrapped in a napkin, styrofoam cups of Kool-Aid, crafts in…
  • Why do I have to learn this?
    It’s back to school time! I don’t care how old I get, I’m always going to love the excitement that this season brings–the prospect of…
  • Christmas in July
    “What about having Christmas in July?” That was a recent text I received from a nursing home volunteer. She had been crocheting teddy bears as…
  • Welcome to the shade!
    My grandparents lived in a house with no central air conditioning. As spoiled as I am today, I probably wouldn’t last one summer afternoon inside…
Yep, that’s me with my grandfather.
Marla and Pa, 1978

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