It’s the First Day of Second Semester, and The Pandemic is Still Here

Winter break is officially over, and we are settling back into our routine of getting online to learn and work. There are days when I am struck by the strangeness of it all. Even though this has been our reality for months, it still feels like a bizarre dream, or Continue Reading

The Ministry of Parenting

When our youngest was born, our oldest was just six years little. I remember those years with a fondness, and am also amazed to think of all that would happen in a day. Diapers were changed, toddlers were chased, babies were nursed, meals were made, snacks were handed out, sippy Continue Reading

Today I Will Recognize the Gift and Acknowledge the Hardship

Sometimes I feel tired. And sometimes I feel weary. Maybe it’s the feeling of being pulled in so many directions. Maybe it’s the feeling of being needed so often throughout the day. Maybe it’s never really being alone. Maybe it’s the wondering and the doubting. Are the kids doing okay? Continue Reading

The Teachers Are Working Extra Hard – Let’s Love Them Extra Hard

Today I received an email from the online director for our school district. The email talked about the challenges they have faced in the first week of online school and the ways they are trying to remedy the problems. In the email, it was mentioned that they have received a Continue Reading

To the Parents Wondering: Are We In? Or Are We Out?

This week, we were faced with a hard decision. To some it may not have been hard, but for us it was incredibly difficult. And I believe this was just the first of many difficult decisions that are about to come our way. Our two oldest daughters were cast in Continue Reading

Sheltering in Place: A Day in the Life of Our Family During A Pandemic

It’s a little after 8 am and I’m sitting at the kitchen island with my Bible, to-do list, notebooks, computer and pen by my side. My husband is working in our room at his make-shift office while the rest of the house is in a peace-filled state of slumber. This Continue Reading

Confessions of an Addict

*This originally appeared in August 2015 on my blog mylifesettomusic. I came across it today and found myself motivated once again to put my phone down. I am challenging myself to be more present. More engaged. To take in my surroundings without feeling the need to reach for my security Continue Reading

My First Weeks As a Preschool Art Teacher

When I was a kid and someone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would often answer art teacher, or writer. I never imagined one day I would be able to call myself both. Since having a home of my own, my love of art Continue Reading