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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 […]

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 […]

Pick me! Pick me!

When I was a little girl, I had a yellow blanket, my blankie, that I took everywhere with me. I would rub it against my cheek as I would suck my thumb. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with everyone. I have distinct memories of rubbing it against the cheeks of family members and friends. […]

On Going to Middle School

Dear Lindsay, You would think that hearing the words “advanced maternal age” when I was pregnant with your sister would have clued me in to the reality that I am getting older. But it still doesn’t seem possible that you are old enough to be in middle school! Maybe I should have been prepared when I discovered that I would […]

When Parenting is Hard

For an explanation of why I label my kids by coffee sizes, read this. My dear Venti, Do you have any idea how much I love you?  Sometimes I ache with the love that I have for you- when I see you hurting or making bad decisions.  And sometimes the ache is simply because I can’t believe the gift that I […]