“Here There Be Monsters” and Other Useless Worries That Plague Us

When it comes to movies I usually go for romantic comedies (“Clueless,” “Moonstruck, “When Harry Met Sally,” etc.) so it’s a little surprising to me how much I love the “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventure films. I’ve seen all five of them – a few more than once! If I’m being completely honest, some of … Read more

Connecting the Dots: Charting God’s Presence and Faithfulness in Your Life

A few weeks ago I was browsing the shelves in my local “dollar” store when I came across a few dot-to-dot books for kids. I got a quick flashback to my kindergarten and first-grade classrooms from years ago. My students loved connecting the dots to “unlock” the hidden picture on the page. The directions for … Read more

‘Tis the Season to Slow Down

It’s December and that means mall shopping, cookie baking, gift-wrapping, family photo shoots, and tree decorating time! While this season can bring so much joy it can bring stress and a whole lot of headaches too. If you’re like me, you tend to rush through the coming days so you can accomplish all the things … Read more

Q&A Sessions (That Really Matter)

Have you ever taken a personality test? I have. Several of them as a matter of fact. People usually take these tests to help them better understand their strengths and weaknesses so they can become a better version of themselves. These tests give a person a greater understanding of what “drives them” through life.  In … Read more

With Us

The Public Has Spoken! I’m a pushover for useless trivia so when the top dictionaries announced their word of the year I was excited to hear the news. The public has spoken and this year Merriam-Webster chose gaslighting (a gross psychological misleading).  Dictionary.com chose woman (an adult female person in case you didn’t already know … Read more

The #1 Question You Should Ask Yourself Every Morning (that will change your life)

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I’ve been struggling with an underlying (and overwhelming, if I’m being honest) sense of discontentment. Discontentment doesn’t sit well with my heart. For lack of a better word, discontentment feels icky to me.  Here’s why: I’m healthy (my husband too), our kids are doing well, I … Read more

Adjectives and Nouns and Verbs, Oh My!

A few weeks ago, I subbed in a third-grade classroom teaching language arts.  I was in “teaching heaven” because that’s my favorite thing to teach in school. Vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and parts of speech – they’re all subjects that make me smile! Words. I love reading them. I love writing them.  I’m a bookworm. … Read more

Three Cheers for the Underdog!

Much to my family’s surprise, I’ve become a fan of college sports. Except for soccer. All you soccer moms out there please don’t hate me.  I just don’t understand soccer, the time clock counting up and not down throws me off, and good grief,  those red, yellow, and green cards confuse the heck out of … Read more

Heartaches and Hallelujahs

Heartache, crises, and chaos have hounded me the past several weeks.   I’ve attended a funeral for someone very young, heard the news that a friends cancer has spread, grudgingly quarantined (again), watched someone close to me relapse with an eating disorder, had long-awaited plans abruptly canceled, and did a 180° pivot from the plans … Read more