A Candy Dish Family

I was the childhood friend that respected no boundaries when it came to eating the other family’s food. When I showed up at the door, it was game time. I knew the pantries of my closest friends like the back  of my hand. I could close my eyes and navigate each shelf: the sweets and…

Rules for Insomnia

I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep lately. One would think that with as fast as my brain moves during the day, by bedtime all operations would shut down. Unfortunately for both me and my husband, this is not the case. Somehow, the transmitters in my brain actually come most alive as I lay…

My Struggle with Sharing the Gospel: Part 1

As a kid, I took my job of sharing my faith very seriously, and with the finesse and tact of a bull in a China shop. In third grade, I told my very best friend at the time that if she didn’t read her Bible, she was going to hell. I’m sure there was a…

Controlling the Clothes

I’m a “quantity over quality” person much like my grandpa. He would much rather get 17 mediocre popcorn shrimp at a restaurant than 8 of the best shrimp he has ever tasted in his life. I come from a family of bargain hunters; that electric, adrenaline filled reaction to finding a super good deal is…

Embracing the Lame in 2018

Once in awhile, I lament the fact that my life is pretty, well, lame. The life I lead is wonderful, but it is predictable: full of early bedtimes, chain restaurants and mostly staying home on the weekends. Last night was New Year’s Eve, so this morning I woke up and was reminded of just how…

Lessons Through My Kitchen Tile

Recently I have been fixated on how much I can’t stand our kitchen tile. The tile is a shade of white that never looks clean. The grout between the oversized tiles is uneven, discolored and dirty. Since it is light in color, every speck of dirt, ground of coffee and morsel of food shows up…

Purple Puke and Teacher Burnout

I hit my burnout point last week even though I did everything I could to avoid this. I followed all the “wisdom” to avoid teacher burnout: -I got enough sleep. Ask my husband. I am OBSESSED with getting enough sleep every night. I am so worried about getting enough sleep that many nights  I lie…

Holy Moments on a Tuesday Morning

On the way to work last week, I had Christmas music blaring: the same way I’ve been playing it for over a month already. As much as I still adore the music, I have to be honest, the excitement has subsided as I hear the jingling and familiar voices for the dozenth time. Maybe I…

Things They Don’t Tell You About Decorating For Christmas

Like many couples, my husband and I had very different opinions about when was an appropriate time to prepare our home, our minds, and our hearts for the Christmas holiday. Max chose to die on the “decorate after Thanksgiving” hill, while I was sneaking in the occasional Christmas song mid-October. Since my birthday falls around…

My New Life as a Morning Person

I turn 27 in a week, and I have decided that in the 27th year of my life, I am going to be a morning person. This decision came to me at breakfast today. Granted, it was 10:30 and I had already downed 3 cups of coffee, but still, I meant it. In the past,…