You guys. I started out January thinking, "Okay, I'm going to schedule ALL THE THINGS and like that, I'll get the important things done. My poor forsaken blogging habit! Do I not think it's important? No excuses, though, 'cause I am having a pretty good year so far. Note that I didn't say "perfect" year, because I don't want you getting all … [Read more...]
A Trip to India…to France…to Jail.
My #StreamTeam Post for the Month of May Alternately Titled: There's an ep for that! Let's talk about traveling on a budget. Let's go to India. Let's have fun. Let's love. Guys, I just watched two movies via Netflix and really truly loved them both. Coincidentally (or not), they were both about the Indian … [Read more...]
I have a hundred things I want to say which means, in the end, I don't say anything. I've asked before and will probably ask again. What would you most like to hear about? … [Read more...]
The VERY Hard Work of Lasting Change
Part I I met my friend Jen for coffee last night, and she looked a little concerned as we slid into our chairs. "How are you?" she asked. "I read your blog..." "Oh dear," I thought, with a small inward grin, "It really is time to write an update so that 'Depression?!' isn't at the top." The truth is, I am here and you are there and I wish we … [Read more...]
You’ve got depression?!
"Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness." (From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) See that woman in those photos above? Yes, … [Read more...]
The best resolution? No more resolutions!
Instead, my friend, I'm building habits. There's so much that I could talk about--so much I'd love to talk to about!--but I need to keep today's post rather brief. We're leaving tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with John's family, because (speaking of working on strong new habits) who says that you have to celebrate on December 25th? Not … [Read more...]
A bit of a mish-mash (as it were) of I was sick, Maggie's Quick Picks and how I haven't started shopping and couldn't care less. I. First off, wow. Have you or your kids gotten the flu virus yet? I noticed that something was wrong last Thursday when--this was my first clue--I had zero energy to get out of bed. Not even the promise of … [Read more...]
Netflix in November
Alternately Titled: What to do when you're overbooked & overbusy and just need a minute for yourself? You put a movie on for the kids, of course! And then you watch one for yourself! (Note: This is a Netflix-sponsored post, but all the opinions are very much mine.) (Especially the ones about--ahem--my past … [Read more...]
A Peace that Seeps and then Surpasses
My Thoughts on the Recent Attacks in Paris: Part I Prologue: I did my student-teaching in Paris at Ecole Jeannine Manuel, a bilingual school with a multicultural community. Many of my students were Korean, so it was my job, as the student teacher, to help with their learning English as a second language. I loved my students and I loved my … [Read more...]
A 63 Degrees & Sunny Kind of Sunday
...which is, like, basically unheard of mid-November in Minnesota, and which is why we've been draining the day to its very dregs. A beautiful Mass (the last green Sunday of Ordinary Time!)... A late-ish lunch of Chipotle-style burritos... And picking up the college boy for an overnight with the family! Sometimes, you know, ya just … [Read more...]
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