expectant: prayers and hopes for a new school year

prayers and hopes for a new school year

Today students will walk into room 122 for the start of my tenth year as a middle school teacher. I will stand at the door, anxious for a year of smart, funny, and slightly annoying eighth graders. I don't think you ever lose the butterflies, no matter how many times you have the first day of … [Read More...]

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

weekend read: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy…

Sometimes I struggle to address with my students the race and inequality issues that are so prevalent in the news right now. The conversations are emotional and important, but … [Read More...]

what to do in St. Louis Missouri

road trippin’ to St. Louis + a giveaway for you to go too…

Our final summer adventure before school starts this week (I don't want to talk about it) was a road trip to St. Louis, Missouri. It was our first family trip to St. Louis which … [Read More...]

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

weekend read: How To Be a Woman…

I wanted to like this book. The cover advertised it as the British version of Tina Fey's Bossypants and, well, how can that be bad? How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran had such … [Read More...]

addiction story

our addiction story…

Sometimes I don’t know where to start when it comes to Chris’ story of addiction. How to tell my story in the midst of respecting his is hard. I can tell you what it feels like to … [Read More...]

Boyne Mountain Resort Deer Lake pier

I carried a watermelon at Boyne Mountain Resort…

The minute we arrived at Boyne Mountain Resort I started looking for Johnny and Baby. I'm not saying I would have joined in a late-night dance party with the resort workers, but I … [Read More...]

today's the day

today’s the day…

We've been praying for a while that Chris would find a new job that could support our family. The past six years, his career has taken a backseat so that he could stay home and … [Read More...]

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O'Connor

weekend read: Keeping Safe the Stars…

Children want more than anything to belong: to belong to parents, to belong to families, to belong to each other. In Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O'Connor, Pride Star's mom … [Read More...]

traveling with kids

5 ways to travel well with kids…

The Grahams have caught the traveling bug. It disappeared for a few years when our kids were really small, but now that they're older, we are intent on getting out and exploring … [Read More...]

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

weekend read: The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane…

Need a fun, slightly fanciful book to read over the holiday weekend? The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms is the perfect fit. The story starts with a giveaway: … [Read More...]

becoming a character

becoming a character & authenticity…

"My blog is just my blog, a universe of one . . . we can never present our entire personalities in all our complexity; we have to decide which aspects of ourselves we want to share … [Read More...]