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don’t want to miss it

On October 17, 1989, my world shifted.  Literally.  
I was peacefully studying when my Diet Coke spilled, the furniture swayed, a dresser toppled over and I stumbled to the doorway, riding the door jamb like a galloping horse.  My roommate held on for dear life on the fire escape of our rickety old ex-fraternity house.   When it finally [...]

enriched beyond measure

I want you all to know:  I’m not always a whiner.
Okay, maybe sometimes I am.  Still, in case I misled you in my recent  posts in this series (based on Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira’s book), I want to take time to recognize the amazing ways that I’ve been enriched by becoming a parent.  
Here are just a few [...]

too much to ask?

Perhaps I should have paid more attention. 
I knew becoming a mother would change me, and yes, I had nine months or so to prepare for it, but no. . .I don’t think we’re ever quite prepared for the impact of motherhood.  It hit me hard on day one.
I gave birth at my workplace.  It’s not [...]

we have a winner–and more!

I’m so excited to announce the winner of my very first giveaway of a parenting book by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller from my parenting site, Practical Parent Workshops.   Are you ready for the big reveal?
So, I went to the trusty Random Number Generator at Random.org, plugged in the lucky number 13 (woo hoo–we’re getting famous [...]

will the real me please stand up?

I might be having an identity crisis. 
It hit me in the midst of an amazing Vienna Teng concert at our local hot spot The Ark, for so many different reasons. 
Vienna’s performance moved me.  She’s so talented, so sharp, so lyrical and poignant–you MUST check out her music.  She sings of intimate personal issues as well as major [...]

nothing like a good book (giveaway!)

I have a confession to make.
Many of you have been so appreciative of the parenting tips I share here.  I must admit, though, that most of them are stolen.  Okay, copied.  .  . borrowed. . . learned?  Yes, just about every single tip that works for me has been lifted straight from a teacher, or [...]

a tale of two letters

The shouts, screams and tears came out of nowhere.  My boys were tumbling on the floor — not just wrestling — but aiming for serious damage. 

It was our first day of spring break, so it must be time to start up the sibling wars.  It was also time to nip this in the bud — [...]

He is risen

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared.  They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they wallked in.  But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.
They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this.  Then, [...]

friday fragments

On some Fridays you get to follow me through fragmented thoughts buzzing in my brain.  Are you ready?  Here goes:
Today Christians commemorate Good Friday in preparation for Easter Sunday.  I must admit, I’ve always wrestled with the concept of calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “good”.  Yes, the heart of Christianity rests on the death and resurrection [...]

how to organize 150 middle schoolers

Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?   I witnessed a miracle yesterday. 

My 7th grader’s band program toured three local elementary schools yesterday:  an all day affair of orchestrated walking, music making, bus riding, and–sandwiched in the middle–a little pizza and bowling.   I was assigned “lunch coordinator” of the one hour pizza AND bowling break between concerts. 
That’s right:  one [...]