Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

For many in the teaching profession or with school-aged kids, this back to school season marks the beginning of a new year with new goals. To make friends. To try something new. To learn a key skill. To grow in stature or wisdom. To rid ourselves of extra weight…or braces. To discover more of who we are meant to be by exploring our strengths and weaknesses. With my youngest off to class tomorrow (8th grade),

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

School is around the corner and it’s getting more than a little crazy around our house. In the calm before the storm hits next week, we’re busy regrouping. Evaluating where we’re headed and checking to see what we need to climb the mountain of challenges ahead. There are school supply lists to shop for. Updated technology requirements and new chargers to locate since the old cords have shorted out. Lists of fresh dorm supplies and

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

Last week, I shared about our change of pace on vacation thanks to my son’s surgery and need to use crutches. Well, he’s now been given permission to start putting weight on his leg and have officially entered a new phase in his recovery and injury rehabilitation where baby steps are the only steps. First, weight-bearing with crutch- or cane-assisted walking. Until he can ditch the help and walk pain free. Then we work on

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

Sometimes we all need a change of scenery and a change of pace to shake us out of our doldrums, recharge our internal batteries, and realign our priorities. That’s why taking a vacation is such an important part of our workplace sanity and family health. By getting away from the normal routines and environment, our eyes are challenged to see new things and adapt to new routines. (Not to mention, the extra rest that usually comes

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1 NIV “The strength of a river is between the banks.” ~ Writer Cara Grandle on Periscope Sometimes it takes a different angle before we truly see the truth. Example? I know that familiar scripture about running the

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

The last month around our house has been a tad stressful. For me at least. The month started with a castle trip (fabulous!) and then a Special Olympics trip (good memories but blazing heat), followed by several weeks of revising a very-rough first draft manuscript, putting the polishing touches on The Author Toolbox blogs, planning the class I’m teaching next month, switching our family from cable to live streaming services (complete with a new internet

Why I Can’t Do Everything

Why I Can’t Do Everything

Duh. Because I’m human, not super-human. That’s why I can’t do everything. That’s the easy answer, but it’s true. Yet, I must not really believe it because I still try to do more than is humanly possible to accomplish in a day, week, or month. I suppose I took to heart that sage wisdom about aiming high because even if you fall short, you’ll still end up among the stars. Anyhow, I try to take

Lessons From a Rowboat

Lessons From a Rowboat

Ever had a day where you felt like you were going in circles and getting nowhere? Exhausted but still far from your destination? Doing all the work with blistered hands and cramping muscles while others comment on the beautiful scenery? Some days life acts like a rowboat and here are few lessons to help ease you through life’s journey. Know where you want to go. It should go without saying, but a rowboat is just

Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

Like I said last week, I love the power of a good routine. But I also know that routines can get boring and doing the same thing over and over can soon land you in a rut that’s incredibly hard to break out of. That’s why I’m also realizing how important it is to be mixing it up with some variety this summer. Sometimes, I just need to turn things upside down. So, rather than

Take the Baton and Run

Take the Baton and Run

I’m a sports-mom which means this spring has been full of baseball games and track meets. While watching my youngest take the baton and run in his first meet, I was reminded of this post from a couple years ago. What race are you running? While I’ve been watching a lot of baseball games this spring, I can still remember the years I coached track. The relay events were a highlight of every meet, especially the mile