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!
When we are in the middle of something difficult, sometimes it is hard to know if God loves us. This may be especially true if we fell like we’ve been doing the right thing. I’ve been trying to live the right way, so why is this happening to me? we might think. Psalm 118 is filled with warfare. The writer mentions distress (v.5), being surrounded … Continue reading His covenant love endures forever
Upstairs putting the baby down for his nap, I heard a sound that has become far too frequent lately; my two older sons’ anger turning to wild screams as they (from the way it sounded) tried to kill each other. I felt the anger welling up inside because 1) it’s not fair that I can’t leave them alone for a minute or two to take … Continue reading Kids fighting and screaming? Read on
Sometimes I pray like an atheist. I believe in God, but sometimes I pray like no one is really listening. I was in traffic the other day thinking about my life, and realizing how many times I have prayed that way only to have God answer very specifically. It happened again today. I was going grocery shopping. Before I left Jake gave me our “food and transport” … Continue reading Miracle at the grocery store
I recently resigned from my university teaching position. It just felt like too much stress and strain for our family, and for my kids. As I was asking my husband his opinion on whether I should quit or keep working, he surprised me by saying he thought I should stop. He has never said anything like that before. Then again, I have never threatened to … Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed as a parent?
One of the highest values today is freedom. We want to do what we want, when we want, where we want, and we don’t really want anyone to tell us we can’t. The American Declaration of Independence says that all people have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Thus in the case of America, the government basically exists to give people … Continue reading Ready to lose my freedom
There’s just something about Alaska that gets my blood pumping. No, I’ve never been there. And anyone who knows me well would question my suitability to a visit. For starters, I was born and raised in Milpitas, California — a city where it never snowed. Second, I only like snow about five days out of a year. Once the novelty wears off, I’m ready for … Continue reading Life hard? You could be in Alaska