• grace,  Growth,  Life

    Teaching Pandemic Style: What Teachers Want You to Know

    Maybe you’ve noticed, but there are big emotions floating around out there. Decisions being made by school districts across the nation are triggering some feelings. After what seems like the longest Summer Vacation known to man, we are finally staring face to face with a brand new school year. However….teachers are overwhelmed. Just like the rest of us. For some parents, this feels like a sliver of light after walking through a dark tunnel for the past four months. We are ready to be released from the chains of this pandemic life, and more than happy to share our children with their precious teachers. We have endured 19 weeks at…

  • growing pains,  Growth,  Life

    Coffee, Kenny Loggins, and Unexpected Changes

    Change is not something that I welcome, or even handle very well. Yet here we are, surrounded by changing times and changing experiences. This random combo is just another example of the unexpected changes in life these days, particularly Wednesday nights. I had just dropped my teenagers off at church. Their youth group leaders planned the highly anticipated “Water Games” for the evening . A thunderstorm was threatening in the distance, and raindrops began tapping the windshield as soon as I pulled away from the parking lot. Well played, God. Youth group is meeting again, and this has been the absolute highlight of the summer so far. Our mid-sized church…

  • Growth,  Life,  Marriage

    A Few Thoughts on Marriage

    It’s always easy for me to remember how many years we’ve been married. You just take whatever the current year is and add one more. (Math is hard.) After 21 years of sharing a last name, we have learned quite a few things about building a life together. One recurring theme has been that communication in marriage is key. But even after all this time, I find it so interesting that the source of all of our disagreements has always been miscommunication. If you think two decades together will ensure that you can practically read each other’s mind, think again. It’s a constant work in progress. But it’s worth the…

  • Growth,  Life,  Memories,  parenting,  Teens

    Sweet Memories and a Couple of Insects

    I don’t know about you, but for me, these days of staying at home have brought on some raging cases of nostalgia. Sweet memories flood back at the most unexpected times, and I am 100 percent here for it. Time passes rapidly, and I want to remember every detail. Because I’m with my teenagers every waking (and non-waking) minute, I find myself spending so much time just staring at them. It has actually gotten a little out of hand. It’s mind boggling to me that they are nearly full grown people with nearly full grown faces and nearly full grown personalities. I can’t stop staring. They don’t appreciate the staring…

  • Growth,  Life

    There’s No Right Way to Live a Pandemic Life

    You’re doing this all wrong. It’s a phrase that goes through my mind more often than I’d like to admit. I wouldn’t describe myself as a perfectionist, but there are definitely plenty of moments when I’m filled with fear that I’m doing something wrong, or at least not doing it the right way. Yesterday I felt that feeling again, standing behind me and relentlessly tapping me on the shoulder. You’re doing it wrong. That feeling has enveloped me since the day I became a mom, so it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise. When Covid-19 first captured our attention, and then soon became the boss of all of us, it…