When I was 15, my pastor challenged me to pray for 15 minutes a day for three weeks: 5 minutes for myself, 5 minutes for the youth group and 5 minutes for the church. I went into a room, shut the door, closed my eyes and prayed for everything (and everyone) I could think of. After what felt like an eternity I peeked at the clock. I had prayed one minute. … Continue reading
There is always something exhilarating about attempting something slightly crazy. Or maybe that’s just me. When I set off with my boys on our winter road trip between Chicago and Atlanta, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. During the next six days, I would spend more than 24 hours driving. In anticipation of this, I had an arsenal ready: two huge bags of snacks; 19 books from the … Continue reading Chicago to Atlanta with kids
I am the wife of a man getting his doctorate in education. I am also the mother of three young, very different boys. These two facts mean that I constantly think about learning styles. How do I learn? How do I teach my children? Why does something that worked wonderfully with one of my kids crash and burn with another? I’m what you might call a hyper-verbal learner. My husband … Continue reading When learning styles collide
I’ll be the first to admit it. I like crazy ideas. It goes against being a mom (although being a mom is a crazy idea, now that I’ve come to think about it). But here goes. I’m considering packing my kids in our car and driving 12 hours over the course of two days. Then taking about 39 hours off of driving. And then turning around … Continue reading Am I crazy? You decide
My husband and I began this blog 30 months ago. We were gung-ho. We felt guilty for posting less than three times a week. No, maybe four. Or five. We had an unhealthy fascination with our stats page. Actually, when I think of some of our blogging highlights — many came from those early months. Like, “No Kidnappings Allowed,” “The Shot Heard Round the Metro” or “To market to market … Continue reading Come on and ride this wave with us
Yesterday I stumbled across a passage I’ve read several times, but I noticed something I’d never noticed before. It started off the way I remember: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. Bel and Nebo are the names of two gods of Babylon, a powerful nation that conquered the known world, including Israel and Judah–God’s chosen people. Babylon seemed … Continue reading Who’s carrying who?
Today my oldest son graduated from kindergarten. Whew! We made it. I homeschooled him — and even though I’m not a huge homeschooling advocate (no offense to those who are) — I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This school year started on one continent and ended on another. It happened in three houses, six states, on … Continue reading We finished!