Fall, You’re Late to the Party

I love seeing people’s pictures of fall on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.  I obsess over chunky, soft sweaters, warm, leather boots, orange and red foliage, and even Starbucks cups filled with pumpkin spiced whatever (even though I am not a coffee drinker, not a Starbucks customer, and not a pumpkin spice fan…). But, alas, fall is only a season of my dreams because I live in Orlando. It’s been so dang hot here in Orlando, it’s not even funny.  One day a few weeks ago, we woke up to…

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Go, Go, Go, STOP.

Oh, friends.  What a wonderful problem I am having right now.  ClassMax is doing so incredibly well.  So much better, so much earlier than we expected.  Which is AMAZING and we are so grateful for this weird journey we are on, but it has thrown us for quite a loop here in the homeland.  Our days are full and our nights are even busier as we work to enter the next phase of development for ClassMax, which only leaves those precious afternoon hours of shuffling kids from one place to…

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Why

This past weekend, we drove home to Pensacola for the funeral of a sweet friend’s mother.  Her mom had a fierce and fast reoccurrence of cancer and passed within months of her relapse.  It was heartbreaking to see my friend and her family this weekend.  It was the first time I have experienced loss since my dad passed away and I was shocked at how deeply I felt my friend’s loss for her, because I knew.  But, unlike my friend, I also know that families can grow and love and…

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A Christmas Present Idea for Elementary Age Kiddos

Two years ago, when Bean was in first grade and Gracie was in preschool, we got the kids an Osmo for Christmas.  I found it on one of Amazon’s gift list ideas.  I was a little nervous because it was kind of pricey for something I’d never seen or used before, but it has turned out to be a favorite around my house. An Osmo is an educational game system that connects to your iPad.  It turns your iPad into an interactive, manipulative tool for kids to use in a…

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5 Little Moments

1. Twice a week, I sit in my van for an hour while Gracie goes to tennis lessons.  Bean stays in the van with me.  And it is torture for both of us.  He is bored.  I want to read.  He is fidgety.  I want to sit quietly.  He is eight.  I am thirty-four.  Those are becoming the two longest hours of my week.  Bean agrees. 2. At church this past weekend, I was waiting outside the restroom for Gracie in the children’s building and I noticed this sign on…

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Big God. High Peaks.

We are halfway through the first quarter of school and I am happy to report that I am finally hitting my groove at my new school.  I’ve gotten to know my students and absolutely adore them.  I’m getting involved and meeting other teachers, which means my days aren’t as lonely as they were in the beginning.  But my favorite part, without a doubt, is living in the same community where I teach. There are definitely some setbacks to this.  The week of the hurricane, our family ventured out into the…

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Prayer Alarms

Chris has been struggling at work for the past six months.  It’s nothing specific.  Just the ruts we all get into when we’ve been at a job for any length of time.  He normally does such a good job of separating home from work, but when he’s struggling at work, he tends to bring that frustration home with him and, to be honest, it was weighing us all down. One afternoon, Chris and I were talking about using your work schedule to get the most out of your home life.…

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Horrible Parenting: Exhibit A

Oh, friends.  I messed up royally this past weekend with Bean.  I have felt horrible for days now and try as I might to tell myself that these things happen, I just can’t shake the guilt. On Friday, we were out of school because of the hurricane, and a friend asked if Bean could come over to swim in the afternoon.  He had been over there for a few hours when the friend’s mom texted and said the boys wanted Bean to spend the night and was that okay with…

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Hurricane Irma

This past Sunday, Hurricane Irma hit Orlando with a vengeance.  Thankfully, we had enough time to prepare, but we weren’t exactly sure what we were preparing for.  We knew we were going to get hit, but didn’t know if it would be a direct hit as a category 3 or 4 or if Irma would come up the state and hit us as a category 1.  For a while there at the end of last week, we weren’t even sure which side we would get hit on – from the…

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A Pretty Terrible Day

This morning before breakfast, Bean put Gus’s cage on the floor of his bedroom.  This isn’t that uncommon.  The kids usually put his cage on the floor so they can play with him better.  But before Bean went downstairs to breakfast, he forgot to put the baby gate up on his bedroom door.  So, about fifteen minutes later, I go upstairs to Bean’s bedroom for something or other and guess what I find… Gus’s cage has been completely dismantled.  The top cagey-part is on one side of the room and…

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