Category Archives: Joy

When You Need a Cure For Withering

We drove to the ballet studio, chatting away. In a moment my wedding dress filled our girl talk. Your little girl wedding dreams glowing on your face. As you stepped out of the car, and I watched you walk away, … Continue reading

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When I’m Tired of New Year’s Resolutions

New Year: New You. And all that jazz. I’m not one for listing New Year’s Resolutions. Partly because I fail. Every time. And who likes to set themselves up for failure? And failing is exhausting. Instead, for the last several … Continue reading

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When Your Christmas is Tired

Our Ella was four when we bought her the nativity. Painted genuine with muted colors. Rugged, durable, real—beautiful. It wasn’t a cartooned toy, and it was perfect for her. Perfect for her tiny hands to carry the baby Jesus, to … Continue reading

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Why I Need People

I’m an introvert. Surprising for some. For those closest to my heart—they’re smiling. I have a habit of withdrawing from humanity. Necessary at times to restore my soul. The quiet awakens my spirit. I need to be alone. It’s easy … Continue reading

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When We Need to be Ready to Fight Giants

Do you ever wish you were someone else? The phrase I wish I was more like… floats through my thoughts. I pick at it. Hold it. Some days I clutch at the words, grasping to be someone I’m not. I … Continue reading

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Lessons for the First Year Teacher

Dear New Teacher and Nervous Soul, I know how you feel. Those butterflies turned evil in your stomach, tying knots? I’ve had them. Wondering if you’ve made the right decision. If you’re ready to face the responsibility. If you’ve got … Continue reading

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Grace for the Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. This word. I know it well. Staring at the blank canvas of a computer screen, day after day. No words. Dust bunnies dance under tables and in corners—taunting me. Relationships I’m failing to invest in the way I should. … Continue reading

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The Importance of Meandering

Last summer I had a list. It was hand-written on scrap paper. Prince Charming and I took stock of the need-to’s and want-to’s around our home and then posted the list on that illustrious place of honor relegated to family … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About Labels

Say what you want about zoos. I have my own reservations about many. But while visiting my dear friends Bree and Lynn this past week in Dallas, my kids and I finally sank into the bliss of summer at a … Continue reading

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Learning to Have Fun With My Kids

It’s been a long week. Friday afternoon and I’m toast. Drained by the voices of more than 160 students, all I want is a hot bath, a good book, and some soft jazz in the background. But motherhood interrupted my … Continue reading

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