My first full time job out of college was as a Preschool English teacher at a bilingual Christian school in the Dominican Republic. My job was to go into each of the 6 preschool classrooms every day for 30 minutes and teach an English lesson. It was fun and exhausting and hard and awesome. The … Continue reading Having tattoos, being a balloon, and the wilderness
I'm doing a Gratitude Writing Challenge in lieu of NaNoWriMo this year. What a fitting four categories to be grateful for all at once: memory, work, change, peace. Memory // Work I remember when the life I have now was a life I dreamed about. I remember dreaming not so loudly about being an administrator. … Continue reading Memory, Work, Change, Peace
I have always had what I call a healthy self esteem. Despite being overweight since puberty (but was I though? like, my memory tells me I was chunky in high school but when I look back at pictures I don't see it), I've never felt, or at least never felt that I felt, less than … Continue reading Being fat, Fab 5, and living in tension
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Every day 38 students, in two groups of 19, come into my classroom. (My very small classroom.) They come in excited and chatty. They come in with a lot of questions and stories and kisses and comments. They come in and they sit down and we get started. Every once in a while, while the … Continue reading In my classroom
This used to be what you would find on my About Me page. I shortened things up, but wanted to keep this around. I grew up in a suburb of Detroit called Westland. I grew up enjoying four seasons and trips “up north.” I grew up living between my grandparents and one of my best … Continue reading Here’s the thing about me
For the past few days I've been driving a little blue Aveo around the Mid West. It's been a nice little trip full of visiting old friends and making new ones, watching House Hunters in three different states (so far!) and drinking a lot of fountain soda. I've sat in dining rooms and on back … Continue reading Here’s the thing about my Mid West Adventure
This week was a perfectly ordinary one spent at home with my cat. Each day I went to school, came home for lunch, reading, and a nap, tutored, wrote a chapter of Grayson (second draft, let's do this), read some more, and watched TV. It was great. Four weeks from today I'll be in Brooklyn. Articles … Continue reading Check this out!
I've got to be honest, I'm feeling totally ill-equipped to tackle this topic of short term missions. But, I've promised a series and a series you will get! I'll tell my story with all I've got and I'll dedicate it to the Lord trusting that His truth will ring true, even through my ramblings and … Continue reading Short Term Missions Mondays: Going 50/50
Today I asked one of my students what her favorite animal was and she said, "Cangrejitos," which means, "Little crabs," which is a very random favorite animal for a four year old to have. And now that I've got you hooked (heh), here is a shameless plug (no really, I'm shameless) for our school. We … Continue reading The Palms needs teachers!