Community · Hope

One Decision Changed my Friendships

A couple of years ago I made a decision that had an impact I could NOT have imagined. I was scrolling, actually probably more like trolling, through social media one morning when I saw a tweet that caught my eye. It invited readers to apply for a book launch team. My book-loving self wanted to…… Continue reading One Decision Changed my Friendships

Belief · Encouragement · Healing · Hope

The Truth About Triggers

Trigger warning: __________________. It seems like every other post I read has a ‘trigger’ warning. These warnings, while intended to be a nod toward consideration {and I appreciate that kindness}, give me permission to scroll on when I may need to sit with big emotions. The fact of the matter is, we were created to experience deep feelings. That’s…… Continue reading The Truth About Triggers

Love

Dear Son: An Open Letter

Dear Son, As I drove away from our last lunch together for your senior year, I cried. I wasn’t sad, but deeply grateful. It was similar to the feeling when I laid you down in the basinet next to my bed for the first time. I should have been napping along with you, but instead…… Continue reading Dear Son: An Open Letter

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

Shipwrecked by Status

Sitting alone and crying was my new normal. Grappling with my “status” consumed me and I didn’t like any of it. Of all the hard things in my life, this was definitely the worst. Divorce was not unfamiliar, but it knocked the wind out of me when it became my descriptor. My silent hopes and dreams fell…… Continue reading Shipwrecked by Status

Christian Living · Encouragement · Grace

Why You Should Rest

  Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NIV)       Volunteer opportunities, extracurricular activities, performances, and meetings occupy more real estate on my calendar than I care to admit. There is no shortage of demand on my time. Add in chasing my hopes and calling, being a good neighbor and…… Continue reading Why You Should Rest

Belief · Community

A Relevant Mini-Lesson: Show, Don’t Tell

Entering the classroom, books falling from my one arm embrace, energized me. Carting around my tiny stool and endless sharpened pencils was purposeful, but my greatest reward was cultivating student writers. Working as a writing specialist was my favorite role as an elementary teacher. My job was to enter a classroom, honor the environment, teach a…… Continue reading A Relevant Mini-Lesson: Show, Don’t Tell