Faith · family · Step-Parenting

New Goals

6 weeks ago, I became a mom.  To a 10 year old and an 8 year old. I became their mom by marrying their dad.  Yes, they have a mom already, who they spend the majority of their time with.  But, on April 18th, I became their mom as well, and I became just as… Continue reading New Goals

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What comes natural

Such a proud puppy My dogs caught a squirrel. They chased it down in the yard and caught it. About a week ago, we set up some garden mesh fencing to block the dogs from playing in the poison oak growing in the back of the yard. After two weeks of having an unexplained allergic… Continue reading What comes natural

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New Adventures

I'm teaching a World Literature class right now, and we have read several epics from different ancient cultures. While we greatly overuse the word "epic" in our vocabulary’s today, the form of the epic speaks of grandeur and magnitude. Of great heroic traits and adventures. Throughout these ancient epics,  our epic heroes go on extreme journeys… Continue reading New Adventures

Faith · family · Marriage

Imaginary Animals

My sister and I have always been animal-lovers. We went through a phase in late elementary/early middle school where if we found an animal that seemed (to us) to be lost or in distress, we brought it home. My mom was not thrilled. Even earlier than that, though, with our vivid imaginations, we had imaginary… Continue reading Imaginary Animals

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Comfort in the Uncomfortable

I have lived in my house for eight years. I watched it being built, picked cabinet colors, arranged (and rearranged) the furniture, and made decorating decisions. After my separation, I made changes again and reclaimed space for myself. My home was a safe place, a place of retreat, a place where I could completely fall… Continue reading Comfort in the Uncomfortable

Faith · Life with Daisy

Walk in the Rain

How are you doing today? Me, I'm struggling. I find myself overwhelmed with anxiety. I'm not panicking out of fear of the pandemic. I see the virus in its appropriate context - absolutely something to be concerned about, to take preventive measures against, and to protect those most at risk from. But I'm not hoarding… Continue reading Walk in the Rain

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Refocus

Social media is going crazy with posts about the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone feels their opinion is the best. Everyone wants to be heard. Some people feel this whole situation is purely media-induced hysteria. Some feel politicians are seeking to take advantage of people during this time by limiting their freedoms. Some… Continue reading Refocus

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Burn the Ships

In 1519, Hernan Cortes arrived in a "new world" with more than 600 men. Cortes is remembered for conquering the Aztecs. He has also made his way into pop culture by inspiring a popular phrase, "burn the ships." The popular story recounts Cortes ordering his men to burn their ships, saving only one to send… Continue reading Burn the Ships

Faith · Marriage

“The One”

Good news - Jon and I have been declared compatible. I know everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting for that news. Well, we completed a premarital assessment with my counselor and we are, in fact, compatible. We are in agreement about most things and are working on developing strong communication and good… Continue reading “The One”

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One Job

We have one job. Just the one.