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Advice for my Middle School Daughter

Dear Middle School Daughter of Mine, This weekend, you became a teenager. I have thoughts of is this possible?!! and where did the time go?!!! But the truth is that 13 seems to fit you just right. It helps that you surpassed me in height this year. You have also faced some trials that have helped you to grow into yourself. Your […]

Friendships are like a Trapeze Act

Dear Children of Mine, As I type this, you are all hanging out with friends and having a great time, but this hasn’t exactly been the easiest year for friendships. And so, I want to tell you a few things I have learned about friendships through the years in the hope that my words will help as you continue to […]

There’s Space for All of Us

Dear children of mine, There are certain lessons in life that I wish I could teach you without you having to go through the heartache of learning them. But there are not any shortcuts in life. And truth be told, one of the greatest joys in parenting is seeing you grow in wisdom and strength and maturity. Hard knocks and […]

On Transitions and Growing Up

For the first 10 years of our ministry, I was a youth group leader, involved in every event, leading small groups, chaperoning on trips. I loved it. But around the 6 year mark of our youth ministry, I started having babies and it changed my level of involvement. It didn’t change my love for youth, but it did change how […]

I Dorable

Dearest Ainsley, You have learned so many new things lately. I find myself wanting to hold on to this time, to fix it securely in my memory, because I know I will forget. Your decade older sister is a constant reminder of how time doesn’t slow down and how memories of the baby and toddler years dim with time. I […]