When God is Tired of Our Prayers

This morning I woke up to headlines that made me sick to my stomach.  20 people killed at a gay nightclub.  And not in some far away, remote, Podunk town.  It was right here.  In my own city.  I headed to church with my family and by the time the service was over, the death toll had risen to over 50. Like so many others, I scrolled through Facebook to account for friends, to read breaking headlines, and to share in the sorrow of our “City Beautiful.”  But as I…

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#TBT/#FBF: Gutted Like a Fish

This post is part of a Thursday series I recently started where I re-blog a post from yonder years gone by.  This particular post was written on May 26, 2009, and it tells the story of mine and Chris’s last date night before we became parents.   ********** On Sunday night, Chris and I had our last official couples-only date night before the baby comes.  Now, I know that once we have a baby, we will still be able to go out just the two of us.  I know that…

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#TBT/#FBF: Car Troubles

I’m starting a new series ’round these here parts.  It’s called “#TBT and #FBF” (that would be “Throw Back Thursdays and Flash Back Fridays” for those of you who do not speak middle schooler texting lingo).  On Thursdays or Fridays, I’m going to repost old blog posts from yonder years so that we can point and laugh at how stupid, young, and naive I was.  Bright spot: There will be pictures of babies! The first installment of #TBT/#FBF is titled, “Car Troubles (Or the Plight of Law-Abiding Citizens).  It was…

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While We Wait.

I’ve been missing my dad this week.  Things at work are not going well this year, for lots of different reasons, and Dad had this way of cutting through bullshit and getting right to the heart of matters. When you are a teacher, your work becomes personal, no matter how hard you try to separate work life and personal life.  I’m pretty good at that balance, actually.  I hardly ever bring work home, even if it means going in early or staying later.  Generally speaking, I leave my work stress in…

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Out and About With My Chevy Traverse

As a family of four, we are on the go a lot. Like, a LOT a lot. Between Chris and I commuting to two different sides of town for our day jobs and the kids having social lives that now consume our household (since when did kids start scheduling their own playdates?! Someone please tell Gracie this is not acceptable behavior for a three-year-old…), a large portion of our days are spent in our cars. Now, I love my car: don’t get me wrong. But she has certain… limitations. Seating…

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The Center of Our Home

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the work week is the hour after we get home from school.  Usually, the kids and I are either outside in the front yard or getting dinner ready.  It’s so nice to just hang with them after a long day of teaching.  And they are great sous chefs!  We made cupcakes today after school because it was too gross outside to play.  They love to pour and stir and sometimes I even let them crack an egg (which was a total failure today,…

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#OneWord2014

For the past few years, instead of choose resolutions, I have choosen a specific word that I want to focus on in the upcoming year. 2010 – Languish 2011 – Gratitude 2012 – Faith 2013 – Joy I started thinking about my word for 2014 in early December.  I tossed around a few ideas that really resonated with me, chief among them was content.  In 2014, I wanted to feel content and peaceful, satisfied and fulfilled.  And while all of those were good words, none of them really hit the level of energy I had about the coming…

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Mom, M.D.

One of my kids’ (and mine, too!) favorite television shows right now is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. The kids love Doc because of her cute little personality, but I love the show because it teaches them healthy habits. And goodness knows we need healthy habits around our house! As a working mom with two small children in daycare, I feel like I have earned at LEAST a PhD in pediatrics. Good Lord, my kids bring home all kinds of gunky funk. Over the years, I’ve learned when to call the…

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My Grandma is Cooler Than Yours

I grew up with my Grandma living with my family.  Now, maybe that’s made me biased, but I’m pretty confident when I say that my grandma is cooler than yours. My Grandma divorced my granddad when my mom was in college.  I never really knew my granddad, but that was okay with me because Grandma filled my life with enough joy to take the place of any other grandparent.  I never knew my dad’s parents, either.  But Grandma filled those holes, too.  She filled them with encouragement and laughter and…

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