Give it Up

There are many moments in our life where we feel like giving up. Some times are simple, like a game you’re never going to win even if you keep trying. It can get a bit more serious, like a friendship with someone who is selfish and never takes you into consideration. There are also the…

The value of a co-worker

Let’s be honest, every single job has its moments of frustration. Some have them much more often than others. Let me stop there before I start complaining. The world is negative enough without having to putting more of that out there. All smiles before we collapse But recently we’ve been working on a preparing a…

Panama here I come

Tomorrow I’m off on another adventure. But this time I’m leading others through an adventure that helps expand their world. I get to chaperone high schoolers as we all go build a church for our church family in anther part of the world.  I put on my fake wedding ring. It was a familiar feeling…

Days 44-50: Vacation catch-up

I’ve been in this magical, black hole of magical time known as Christmas break. We get a wonderful rest between Christmas and New Year, from work. So in some sense, I’ve taken a personal break as well. There’s something incredibly restorative about rest. Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned during my slight sabbatical.  Day…

Day 43: Deserve more

Today we celebrated my husband’s birthday. I try to make the day as special as possible for him, but at the end of every birthday I wish I could have done so much more. He deserves the biggest party, the most presents, the tastiest cake, and thousands of well wishes from friends. But unfortunately there’s…

Day 42: Secrets

This morning as I was driving to work, NPR was playing an interview with an author and poet, though I don’t remember his name. He was discussing his work and views on many subjects. He kept referring to two upcoming “secret” projects, books he wanted to write. A few minutes later he mentioned a booklet…

Day 41: Mindless

Twas the night before the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring, but mostly because we only have plants, no pets. I’ve never seen evidence of any mice here, but I guess there is a squirrel in our roof, so maybe that counts. Anyway, he is not stirring either….

Day 40: Energy

Doing something for someone you love can renew your energy. Many people have probably noticed this as parents, or with other family members. I’ve noticed this often with my husband. We’ll both be tired, but the moment one’s feeling dizzy or a headache, the other can automatically do anything. So much of our state is…

Day 38 & 39: Camping & Beets

Day 38: It was turning into one of those nights. You know, the nights you don’t remember after 2 or 3 days. Daniel and I were both scrolling through our respective Facebook feeds, half watching something on TV out of the corner of our eyes. But something in me snapped and I thought to myself,…

Day 37:Hugs

There are some problems that just a hug can solve.