becoming a character & authenticity

becoming a character

"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 . . . the memoirist becomes a character, someone whose company the reader enjoys." -Gail Carson Levine in Writer to … [Read More...]

popsicle prayers and even if

popsicle prayers and even if…

I've been praying very specifically for something for months with absolutely no change. It's starting to wear on me. Sometime this winter during a sermon at our church, we … [Read More...]

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

weekend read: Ungifted…

I used Ungifted by Gordon Korman as a read aloud for my 7th graders last year. Normally, I read higher lexile books to them (the idea being it helps their vocabulary and fluency … [Read More...]

tv-free summer

how a TV-free summer is changing our family…

I didn't plan to get rid of the TV for the summer. I'm not even sure where the idea came from, probably just lots of little bits and pieces I've read, heard, or witnessed over … [Read More...]

the big and small answers

the big and small answers…

While I was out for a run the other day, I was thinking about a piece I wrote that didn't feel quite finished. I knew God had put this idea on my heart, but I just didn't think it … [Read More...]

Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle

weekend read: Nobody’s Cuter Than You…

Sometimes you come across an author who just resonates with you on so many levels. For me that author is Melanie Shankle of the Big Mama Blog. I read and loved The Antelope in the … [Read More...]

Unlikely Warrior by Georg Rauch

weekend read: Unlikely Warrior…

I read a lot of World War II and Holocaust young adult books. So you'd think I'd have a pretty good handle on the topic, even if it there are countless novels, movies, and shows on … [Read More...]

if the church looked like me 1

if the church looked like me…

Sometimes I think too highly of myself. Maybe more than sometimes. OKAY, not all the time, but a lot of the time, I think too highly of myself. And I know it's because God … [Read More...]

Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine

weekend read: Writer to Writer…

I preach to my students all the time that they can't be good writers if they aren't readers. I'm sure they get sick of hearing this by the end of the year, but I think it might be … [Read More...]

Holiday World Liberty Launcher

mom road trip…

It was very last minute and not really well organized. We made plans on Saturday and left early Sunday morning; truthfully, I didn't even know where we were going and I thought the … [Read More...]

God won't give me more than I can handle

actually, he will give you more than you can handle. that’s the point.…

God never gives us more than we can handle. Gag. You know that's completely untrue, right? I get the idea, the idea that we can and will survive. That's encouraging and … [Read More...]