Why do we spend so much time worried about what others think of us? My poor 9-year-old struggles with this – he has since he was little. He doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, he wants to follow the rules, yet he wants to do what his friends do. It can be a real struggle, and he is only in 3rd grade! The kid has no clue what is store the next 10 years… Continue reading
The soccer game was added late to the schedule. When I saw it, my heart sank… Thursday, March 29, 6:00 pm. Maundy Thursday. A service is held on the Thursday before Easter to remember the Last Supper; when Jesus, servant to all, intimately washed the feet of his disciples. This service is an important part of honoring Easter, acknowledging the humble, servant attitude of Christ. Through Holy Week – from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, then Good Friday – this tradition helps me experience more sincerely the Joy of Easter Sunday! Continue reading
My 5-year-old has a mind of her own. Don’t get me wrong… a free spirit is a wonderful quality to have! With the combination of intelligence, determination, compassion, and an innate ability to make people feel special, I am eager to see the powerful woman this little girl will become. However, at 5-years-old there are rules to follow! Continue reading
Last Sunday morning, my son and I raced to the car after soccer practice and flew out of the parking lot, hoping we would hit the stop lights just right and actually make the 11:00 church service on time. (We didn’t…) As I drove, he worked on peeling off his stinky shin guards and changing into something presentable for church – as much as he could constrained by a seat belt that is. Continue reading
As the kids get older, it has become easier to pass the time during car rides, while standing in lines, or when waiting for the school bus. In the past few months, we have played a lot of “Would you rather…” The more we play, the better questions we get. Sure, my 5-year-old will still ask something like “Would you rather eat pizza or mashed potatoes?” But my 9-year-old? He’s posed some deep, thought-provoking questions lately; questions which demand reflection and honesty.
The last couple of weeks were busy – with work deadlines and kids’ commitments colliding in big ways! Looking back, I’m fairly certain I failed absolutely everyone in my life at some point. Those moments when you realize you can’t make everyone happy are discouraging. My family has encountered these weeks before and we’ll do so again, but each time we make it through and I feel called to reflect on my own actions and inaction. Continue reading