Prayer & Parenting

Prayer. Keeping up a consistent prayer life has always been a struggle. I've always found myself attempting different things - prayer journals, iPhone note prayers, prayer meetings, prayer requests written in a notebook. The Apostle Paul, in I Thessalonians 5:17, calls us to "pray without ceasing," as if it's supposed to be natural, like breathing. … Continue reading Prayer & Parenting

re-cap

I like closure just as much as I like boundaries. I also enjoy order and organization and experience minor bouts of frustration and anxiety when my expectations aren't met.  I hate not finishing anything, but it's been a few weeks - months now? - since I've picked up Yell Less, Love More or How to Deal with Your … Continue reading re-cap

faith like a child

I've been on vacation. Ok, that's not entirely true, considering I've been back for a week now; but let's be honest: family vacation recovery is real. And I'm not talking decompressing from all the insanity that may or may not have relapsed. I'm simply talking about the process of unpacking and resting - which, mind … Continue reading faith like a child

menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

I was almost having a surreal experience this morning as all my reading from two different parenting books and the Gospel of Mark began honing in on one profound theme: self control.  It was so clear, so cut and dry, yet so humbling and difficult to swallow.  In her book, Yell Less Love More, where … Continue reading menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

volume control

I have been working with kids since I was 12 years old. Different experiences throughout my life triggered my "inner teacher," though I never did pursue a teaching degree. I chose a more exciting and unconventional and international path for myself, but it never stopped from teaching. Having the heart of a teacher, however, doesn't … Continue reading volume control

The Promise of Easter Sunday

With death comes the promise of new life. With sadness comes the promise of restored joy. With pain and sickness comes the promise of healing.  That is the promise of Easter morning - the promise of hope despite the present difficulties and tribulations. The apostles and the rest of Jesus' followers and friends waited; they … Continue reading The Promise of Easter Sunday

Blooms to Brews: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Sign up for This Race

If you're hailing from Washington or Oregon or need any reason to sign up for your first race, THIS IS FOR YOU. As you may already know, I am a runner. I run in the rain, the heat, the freezing cold, the hellish humidity. I run uphill, downhill; and I use Nike Plus to track it … Continue reading Blooms to Brews: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Sign up for This Race

On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines, aka TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT

On my post for writers to post their questions, Victoria Crowley of VictoriaScotiaCrowley.com asked: “Outlines. Let’s talk about outlines. How can outlines can be a useful tool for writing a book? And what’s the best way to use them?” Outlines. Outlines are like a warm heater in a cold cabin after coming in from the … Continue reading On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines, aka TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT

Personal Rewards System

I have this huge jar of "Chocolates of the World." It was one of my Christmas presents. The serving size is 3 pieces, at 210 calories per serving. That's right, I count calories. These last two weeks, I was on "cleanse" diet, complete with fiber pills, probiotics, vitamins and and dietary restrictions which prevented me … Continue reading Personal Rewards System

home sweet home

It's the age-old interrogative sentence that haunts all of at some point, no matter how physically far away we are from "home." And where is home exactly? Today in social studies, I warned my students that after the lesson they were going to want to leave America and travel the world for the rest of their … Continue reading home sweet home