5 Questions for Parents Who Have Taken Children to the Beach

Parents do a lot of hard, even heroic things. I recently found out how much my parents paid for me to have braces, and life slowed down for a second. They could have bought a car or gone on luxurious vacations but instead they paid for 3 sets of metal brackets on their daughters' teeth. … Continue reading 5 Questions for Parents Who Have Taken Children to the Beach

What God Does in the Discomfort

Patience and perseverance are not two of my strongest qualities. Unlike some of the Olympian greats, I prefer not to work hard, push through tough circumstances or wait extended periods of time to arrive at what I want. I prefer instant results with the least amount of work and discomfort possible. (Someone write this on an inspirational poster.) Max … Continue reading What God Does in the Discomfort

Talking School: 4 Reasons to do it less this year

I speak 3 languages. English, Spanish and School. I am a Trilingual educator. "Talking School" is a teacher phenomenon.  Teacher-ese if you will. Do not underestimate the tiny crevices into which  school talk can leak.   I have talked school floating in the pool. (I do not like it, Sam I am!) On a beach in … Continue reading Talking School: 4 Reasons to do it less this year

My Summer Break Acceptance Speech

Greetings to all who read this. I am used to having an audience of about 27 little humans, so being here on stage to accept this award does not faze me in the slightest. When you have asked  students to tell you if you have chocolate on your face or not, it takes a lot to feel … Continue reading My Summer Break Acceptance Speech

Why I Don’t Want a ‘Normal’ Job: 11 times teaching is the best, even when it isn’t

About 39 times a year, I question why I went into teaching. It's a crazy life. A life that one can only understand once in the trenches: tying the shoes and wiping the tears and teaching the words. There are some days where on my way home, I am convinced that I am never stepping … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want a ‘Normal’ Job: 11 times teaching is the best, even when it isn’t

10 Things We Can All Agree On in a Time of So Much Arguing

Online arguments are the bane of all human existence. They are also like a train wreck; no matter how much you know you should look away, sometimes you just can't stop reading long comment threads of people fighting and debating and laying their dignity on the line. To my knowledge, approximately zero people have changed … Continue reading 10 Things We Can All Agree On in a Time of So Much Arguing

No Matter Where You Are On Valentine’s Day

Valentine's 2009: Went to Pizza Hut on a double date, saw "He's Just Not that into you" and promptly broke off the relationship the next day (got back together 5 days later) Valentine's 2010: Young and in love- Went to a banquet where no dancing was allowed so we just took pictures   *As I … Continue reading No Matter Where You Are On Valentine’s Day

Finding Your Patience Instead of Losing It

I know some really patient people. I have a hard time understanding their kind. You beautiful, foreign creatures. You fascinate me with your superpowers. Just about anything can and will annoy me. I am impatient, easily irritated and the littlest things can send me into a frenzy. (Don't I sound lovely?) I don't like the … Continue reading Finding Your Patience Instead of Losing It

When God Closes a Door, He Can Do More Than Open a Window.

I don't particularly like the saying, "When God closes a door, He opens a window." As someone who has walked face-first into many of her own doors (both figuratively and literally), I find this line a little depressing. Because my doors have been really pretty. My doors have had some really awesome stuff behind them, just waiting … Continue reading When God Closes a Door, He Can Do More Than Open a Window.

10 Resolutions I Wish I didn’t Have to Make

  I am certainly the definition of a "Half Adult." I prance through life blissfully unaware of what is happening. Here are some New Years Resolutions I wish I didn't have to make this year, but I do. Scrape my back windshield when it's icy, instead of reversing blindly and hoping for the best Figure … Continue reading 10 Resolutions I Wish I didn’t Have to Make