Six years ago, in the Atlanta airport, then in a giant tent in the middle of the Georgia clay, and then for 2 moths in various orphanages in India, I got to spend time with on of the world’s classiest young women, Teri Lee (now) Castillo. She was not a Castillo then. In fact we may both have even been teenagers then (T.L. you were never a goose, but I was) silly geese learning how to navigate the world.
Teri Lee has, in her certain southern charm, said many things that I pretty commonly quote. She was the first to introduce to me the idea that there is NO harm so great that God cannot instantly heal it. She also wrote “be joyful always.” on EVERYthing she got her hands on. I kid you not, for reasons I will not currently explain, I still have a ruler from our time in India together. The end has since broken and I can only “accurately” measure things that are shorter than 9 inches, but I keep the thing, because every time I use it, I think of her.
She doesn’t know I’m writing this post. But she’ll tell me when she reads it. I’m sure it’ll be on her phone and she lean over to tap her husband and say, “Oh sweet cuteness, Stephen! Look what Ritz wrote!” I’ve never met Stephen but I know she shares everything with him so, “Hi, Stephen. Good job at setting a really, really hi and holy bar for how a husband should love a wife.”
Anyway, I say all of this because T.Lee also happens to be one of my very favorite writers. And if you like to read blogs, I’d like to pass her loveliness on to you.
Here, you can read one of her “Letters to Carter,” which she and her husband pen every-so-often and I feel quite certain can make you smile, even though you’ve never met them. And yes, she and her husband (and for all common knowledge, probably her parents as well) are fanastic photographers and ther are no sub par photos on her blog. So be prepared for that. She’s not one of those “iphone photo” moms, if only because she survives on her ancient blackberry – which may occassionally double as a teething toy for baby boy Castillo.
Here is one of her weekly Memorization Monday posts because did I mention that she’s also one of the sharpest, most Godly women I’ve ever met? Even though she’s 6 months younger than I, I have looked up to her wisdom, knowledge, and maturity since day one. She continues to be an inspiration in the daily hunger for and application of God’s Word.
And that’s all I have for you today. Go enjoy some southern comfort via the joyful, appreciative, gentle musings of one of my very favorite mamas.
I love you, Teri Lee