Archive for April 2012 | Monthly archive page

Mean Girls

Apr
2012
30

posted by on Parenting, Remembering, Self-improvement

6 comments

Throughout most of my years at our large public high school, my friends and I floated comfortably in the middle echelon of the popularity spectrum.  Due to my middle-school years at private school, I was largely unknown.  I didn’t usually draw attention, positive or negative, and that was OK with me.  So I was caught […]

For Samantha

Apr
2012
27

posted by on Faith, Parenting, Running

2 comments

I’d like to tell you a little about this sweet baby and her parents. Samantha was born beautiful and healthy on March 10, 2011.  At six weeks old, she was diagnosed with Group B strep.  She passed away at four months old.  There is so much more to say about Samantha, but no one could […]

Starting Somewhere

Apr
2012
25

posted by on Running, Self-improvement

8 comments

I’m running a 5K. I’m not exactly sure how it happened.  Those of you who’ve known me awhile know that my lack of athleticism borders on legendary.  But a couple friends have mentioned 5K training programs for non-runners, and it piqued my curiosity.  I downloaded an app to check it out, mentioned it to my […]

posted by on Uncategorized

No comments

Today I am honored to guest-post over at Smallest Inspirations, a blog by Cathi Brese Doebler.  Cathi is a mom, consultant, small business owner and the author of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive on Less than Two Incomes!

Units of Survival

Apr
2012
18

posted by on Family, Parenting

3 comments

I haven’t traveled abroad since my children were born.  Even so, I often struggle when cultures collide.  Today, it’s within the borders of my own home, when my own values conflict with the cultural microcosm of my preschool children.  Wearing pants, for example, is a value that is not shared by the youngest members in […]

posted by on Parenting, Self-improvement

6 comments

It’s been a long day.   One of the Roman shades in our living room broke awhile ago.  Every time we opened the shade, the cord rubbed against the ring it was threaded through, sawing back and forth until the string gave way.  Today I felt like that shade, hanging heavy and unthreaded, casting shadows instead […]

posted by on Mashable Social Media Disconnect Challenge, Self-improvement

5 comments

This is a departure from my normal mushy essays on kids and faith, but I thought I’d share my reflections on my two weeks without social media.  This was originally sent to the folks at Mashable.com at the conclusion of the challenge.  I spent the last two weeks disengaged from social media.  Well, that’s not […]

Happy Easter, Baby.

Apr
2012
04

posted by on Easter, Faith, Lent, Parenting

7 comments

It hurts a little to share Easter with you. Not the bamboo baskets and the plastic eggs and the bonnets.  That’s the fun stuff.  But sharing Easter with you, the real Easter, the Easter that would still be there even if the Dollar Store and Target closed – that means sharing Good Friday with you, […]

Melodies

Apr
2012
03

posted by on Giving, Parenting

1 comment

When I was a child, I had a toy record player.  It came with small, sturdy records that had tiny dots in their grooves.  After winding it up and placing a record on the turntable, the needle would bump over the plastic dots and a simple melody of Camptown Races or The Farmer in the […]