One of my favorite words is "intentional." In fact, it looks like it is my unintentional (hah!) word of the year for 2018. Intentionality is the key to so many good things. Being intentional is the key to being successful, to developing and maintaining good habits, to growing healthy relationships, to becoming a better version … Continue reading Intentional Love
Five years ago yesterday I moved to the Dominican Republic. It was four days after ending my first summer with YouthWorks. Wendy and Jenn - women that at the time I had never met but who have become extremely important to me over the past five years - picked me and my two suitcases (just … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Dominican Republic!
Yesterday I was in Target and, as one does, I took a stroll through the clearance section at the front of the store. I thought, "I should see if there's anything that would be good for my classroom." Then I thought, "Holy smokes! In two months I'm going to have a classroom again!" This past … Continue reading The Desires of My Heart
At the beginning of 2015 I choose a word to define the year - soften. At the end of the year I did feel softer - in my attitudes, in my words, and in my relationships. And I wanted to keep that flow going. So this year, rather than choose a word, I chose to … Continue reading Letting go of criticism
Sometimes I get a little weepy in church. Not the kind of weepy everyone can see - I'm pretty good at keeping it together - but the kind of emotional weepy that has me covertly wiping my eyes during worship and quietly sniffling during prayer. I mean, I can't just sing about how powerful the … Continue reading Weepy Sunday // Domingo llorón
You've probably heard said, "I learned everything I need to know in kindergarten," or something like it. Well, in first grade in addition to teaching my lovelies phonics and addition, I like to think I give a refresher course in "everything I need to know." In first grade we practice sharing and taking turns and putting … Continue reading Here’s the thing about our consequences
Tomorrow will be my fourth first day of school as a teacher at Las Palmas. Tomorrow begins my fourth year of my dream job. This morning I was up on my roof redoing my laundry (it rained yesterday and the only downside of rain is that it undoes all the clothes washing you did if … Continue reading Here’s the thing about Ron Weasley and another new school year