Over Christmas, my family and I watched It's a Wonderful Life. Me, for the millionth time, my youngest for the first (at least the first that she could understand a tiny bit of). How can I be watching something and simultaneously have so many other pictures and memories of other Christmases flashing through my mind? … Continue reading What are your favorite New Year’s traditions?
Picture this: A principal at the beginning of the school year tells all his teachers: "This year, we will have no end-of-grade test. We will have no letters or numbers on our report cards. There will be no homework just for the sake of assigning homework. Instead of assessing what each student knows, you will … Continue reading One year-end assessment that your kids will be begging for!
Greg and I have had the privilege of walking with over a dozen couples towards marriage through pre-marital counseling. From former basketball players, to former camp staff, we meet about 4 times in the months leading up to their wedding and try paint a realistic picture of what a thriving marriage looks like. When … Continue reading How would you define the core of who your family is?
I sat in a chair like everyone else in the circle, but was different than everyone else. They shared their stories and I listened because there was nothing for me to say. They all connected. I was the outcast. It was about 8 years ago, and a friend had invited me to sit in on … Continue reading How to climb into someone’s skin-a lesson on empathy
My daughter shared with some friends we had for dinner about the cupcake business she and her best friend started. A week earlier, they had set up a stand in front of the house and had made a small fortune (to them) selling the cupcakes. Our friends, wanting to encourage my daughter’s entrepreneurial spirit, said … Continue reading The best thing you can teach your child
Starting sometime in middle school, I began to understand the idea of social awkwardness (didn't we all?). There are a few people (you know them when you see them) who have reached adulthood and have yet to grasp the idea. My husband always jokes that he wishes he could be one of them because they … Continue reading Embracing the awkward conversation
After stillness was forced upon me due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, I found myself cuddling more with my kids (and I’m not a super big cuddler) simply because I could not do much more than that. Could my kids and my husband adjust to this new normal of doing everything for mom and for … Continue reading Thriving when life stinks.