reflections · school

Dear First Time Teacher {who wants to change the world}

Dear First Time Teacher, I know you’re excited.  I know you’ve spent days (maybe weeks) assembling bulletin boards and organizing shelves and color coding plans and reciting your “welcome to my class!” speech while driving across town to chase the best office supplies sales. I know you think you’re prepared to change the world one… Continue reading Dear First Time Teacher {who wants to change the world}

faith · reflections · writing

What’s the Presence You Really Want?

Last week the heavens cracked open and poured rain all over the blue-tinged mountains we call Appalachia. So much that when I returned home from my writers conference in Asheville, the local paper’s headline bemoaned how we’d gone from not enough rain to way too much. Trees down. Roads flooded. A general soggy mess. And a… Continue reading What’s the Presence You Really Want?

1000 gifts · reflections · writing

One Scary Sunday Afternoon … and One Good Gift

I certainly didn’t wake up a week ago, thinking, What if I die today? I drank coffee with my writer-soul sisters and talked about a new book idea with my editor and mentor. I listened for all God might be telling me during this time away from my family. I heard him calling me to… Continue reading One Scary Sunday Afternoon … and One Good Gift

Books · ePantry · faith · family · just write life · reflections · resolutions

Personality Tests, Surrender, and Dear Mr. Knightley

Why, yes that is a new header and logo. Thank you to my sweet friend Merideth who blesses me with her talent. Lately, I’ve been learning a few things about myself. Back in the spring the Splickety staff used the test at 16Personalities to discuss how different–and alike–we all are. I’ve realized for awhile now (pretty… Continue reading Personality Tests, Surrender, and Dear Mr. Knightley

Manic Monday · reflections

When Sunday’s Rest is Over & Monday’s Reality is Settling In

They’re squabbling over episodes of Harry and the Dinosaurs and I’ve begged for just a few minutes. I didn’t get up early enough to write and despite drinking Sleepytime herbal tea before bed I spent a restless night alternately hacking and worrying. Welcome to Monday. The past several days have been like a month of… Continue reading When Sunday’s Rest is Over & Monday’s Reality is Settling In

living local · motherhood · reflections

When All You Really Need is 10 Quarters to Do Laundry

I came home from the beach a week ago to this greeting from my husband who likes to try and reduce my stress. “So, you want the good news or the bad news?” Hmmm….well the bad news was the washing machine had been broken since Tuesday. But he thought he could get it fixed. With… Continue reading When All You Really Need is 10 Quarters to Do Laundry

faith · reflections

Because I Know the Feeling {A Bit of My Depression Story}

After reading Ann Voskamp’s beautiful challenge to the church and because I was saddened that Robin Williams lost his fight, I sat down and let the Spirit move. That was two weeks ago, and I’ve sat on this for a while and listened for the prompting to post. It came. I was heavy with the… Continue reading Because I Know the Feeling {A Bit of My Depression Story}