• grace,  Growth,  Life,  Peace

    Needing Some Peace? He’s Got You Covered.

    Here in Northern Colorado, wildfires are burning uncontrollably. Dry air, no rain, and just plain bad luck have left us with hazy day after hazy day. Sometimes we can even see bits of ash floating down when we venture outside. It all feels so metaphorical for 2020, doesn’t it? And still, we continue to encounter bumps along this already potholed road. Several weeks ago, we were enjoying some cooler summer days. Then the announcement of a hybrid model for school gave us a little bounce in our step. After months of isolation, we were thrilled with the hope of progress and our kids getting out of the house. After all,…

  • 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…

  • grace,  Growth,  Life

    Check in With Your People – A Lesson Learned in Tough Times

    I was 26 years old when I gave birth to our first daughter. She was born a week late and weighed in at over nine pounds. My doctor had repeatedly told me, every week leading up to the birth, that she would be seven pounds, tops. We had some complications during the birth, and she was put in the NICU to be monitored for 5 days. She required a feeding tube inserted through her belly button, as well as breathing treatments administered around the clock. The rug was pulled out from under us, and we found ourselves stunned, facing a situation we never imagined possible. The gamut of emotions was…

  • grace,  Growth,  Life

    Heavy Feelings and Lite Clam Chowder

    My phone was blowing up with emails yesterday. Maybe yours was, too. Updates about closures and cancellations flooded my inbox. So when yet another email came through, I simply didn’t want to open it. But there it was. Canceled. No more sports for the foreseeable future. My daughter has found her niche in competitive volleyball. In just this first season, she’s gained so many life lessons. Additionally, she’s gained self-confidence and courage that has helped begin to shape the person she is becoming. But now it’s over. All practices and tournaments are canceled. In a matter of seconds. I’m feeling some feelings right now. I think we all are. And…

  • grace,  Growth,  parenting,  Teens

    Encouragement for Living Life in an Instagram World

    The headline immediately stole my attention. On November 9th, news broke that Instagram will be removing the “like” feature from posts for some users. This particular announcement was timely for me. Just one week ago, my husband and I allowed our daughter, who is rapidly approaching 16, to get her own Instagram account. It was her very first social media experience, and we juggled all the emotions. We struggled with balancing our desire to keep her safe and emotionally protected with the knowledge that she will be a legal adult in less than 3 years and, frankly, we want (need) to extend the leash a little bit. As much as…