A lot has happened in the month since I last wrote. My stepmother died a few days ago. She was married to my father for 38 years–since I was three. Together, they raised five children who gave them twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. And yet she died without a single family member by her side.Continue reading Angry with God
It’s 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning. I am sitting at my desk in the school nurse’s office, checking my work email, and finishing my green tumbler of tea from home.
Normally, I would unlock the cupboards and grab the medication binder used to track when students come for their meds, but I won’t be needing that today. Next, I would check my mini fridge’s freezer to make sure I have a stock of ice packs ready to go before recess; I won’t be needing those today either.Continue reading Hollow Halls
I haven’t written anything in a while. Sometimes I think a lot but forget to write anything down- then the thoughts are gone as quickly as they came.
Lately I’ve been thinking about age- my age, my parents’ ages, my kids- and how did we all get so old?!Continue reading Time Waits for No Man
Texas was home for my first eighteen years until 1997 when I moved up north to first Montana then Washington. I now have four children and due to the cost of plane tickets, I am only able to go visit every two to three years. In fact, until this past December, I hadn’t been home for Christmas since before I left in 1996.Continue reading An Ode to Grandma
I don’t want to complain tonight, but can I be real? I’m tired. I will be 41 in nine days. I have been at this motherhood thing for twenty-two years, and I still have eleven to go until my youngest is 18. That’s thirty-three years, y’all. Thirty-three years of cleaning up after little people, breaking up arguments, fixing broken toys, birthday parties, tantrums (oh yes, I am still dealing with that…)Continue reading All Ye Heavy Laden
Today I took my kids to a McDonald’s Playplace, and immediately the scene had me feeling all sorts of ways. First, the music that was playing was from the 90s, making me reminisce on my senior year of high school and wondering how in the WORLD am I going to be 41 in a couple of weeks?Continue reading McDonald’s: A Case Study
It’s a bright, sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest, and I have an hour before I have to pick up my kids from school. I promised myself that I would clean my perpetually messy house during this hour of solitude. But God had other plans.Continue reading Borrowed Children
Welcome to the second half of my week-long challenge: not using my phone for more than one hour per day- as monitored by the Screen Time app on my iPhone. To start at the beginning, read here.Continue reading One Hour Daily Phone Use Challenge- Days 5, 6, and 7
This post is all about how the rest of my week is going without using my phone more than one hour per day- as monitored by the Screen Time app on my iPhone. To start at the beginning, read here.Continue reading One Hour Daily Phone Use Challenge- Days 2, 3, and 4
There’s a popular saying that’s been going around for several years now: “What you despise in others, you despise in yourself” (and numerous variations thereof). I can vouch for the validity of this quote because I HATE seeing someone playing on their cell phone. It bugs the fire out of me! For years, all I had was a flip phone. I refused to get a smart phone because I didn’t want to turn into “one of them”.Continue reading The One Hour Daily Phone Use Challenge