I have an irrational fear of lakes. Lake water is generally murky and don’t like not being able to see what I’m jumping into. I’m not afraid of jumping. I’ll jump off the highest diving boards into the deepest pools as long as the water is clear with absolutely no hesitation. But jumping into water […]Read More Trusting Even When You Can’t See
A while back, as I scrolled through Instagram, I saw a post from one of those “hustlers.” You know who I’m talking about. The people who always boast about how they’re hustling, how they’re entrepreneurs, how they’ve got like five different forms of income and they’re always the busiest people they know. The post said […]Read More No thanks, I’m already full!
So 2020… What a bizarre time! Whether your personal pandemic plight has been rife with sorrow or has been relatively easy, we’ve all felt the heaviness of a year of full of economic turmoil, political angst, and illness in one shape or another. I remember that last New Year’s Eve, as I sat with my […]Read More Bye-bye, 2020!
I’ve talked a little bit about some of the challenges of second marriage (Chapter Two). I’ve talked about the challenges of parenting frequently. But what about blended parenting? My friends, it is the biggest blessing and the biggest challenge. I don’t even know how to start writing about it! When my husband and I started […]Read More Get in the Blender, Kids!
Marriage is a huge undertaking. Parenting also can be challenging. But those things in combination with family blending? Phew, what an adventure! When I first started to date my now husband, there were many delicate issues we had to work around. While there are several resources for widows and widowers who are heading into Chapter […]Read More Chapter Two
Ready for more reflections? Week 2 is done and I’ve made some administrative changes! I entered this experiment thinking I didn’t need grades. How inhumane to grade a kindergartener! This period is just about learning to love learning! There’s no possible way to put that on a graded scale! Turns out it is possible to […]Read More Grading, or The Great Homeschool Experiment: Week 2
Week One of the Great Homeschool Experiment has been completed! There were ups and downs, but I ended every day feeling triumphant and exhausted. Here are some of my take-aways from the week. 1. Kids need routine, but readjusting to routine is brutal. My husband warned me of this. He’s a “real” teacher (I put […]Read More The Great Homeschool Experiment: Week 1
So 2020… What a year, huh? Four months in and it’s been absolute insanity. Earthquakes, fire, war and rumours of war, grief and death in church bodies, financial struggles, and a global pandemic that has sewed fear and sickness through our communities. The world looks bleak and torn. Today is Good Friday, the day we […]Read More Disciples in Isolation
The new year is fast upon us! Every year I see posts bearing the hashtag “new year, new me,” which I always think is good advice since we are called in Ephesians 4 to put off the old self and our former manner of life and put on the new self and live in the […]Read More 5 Steps to a Happier, Healthier You in 2018
To make something beautiful from ashes, something has to burn. And 2017 has been a wildfire. The first half of the year was absolutely heart wrenching as I felt like my life was being pulled to pieces. You all know that story, so I won’t dredge up the sordid details. I wallowed for a while, […]Read More Is 2017 Over Yet?