Category Archives: Heart Ponderings

Journey of Authenticity

“What about you?” one of my students asked me in the Freshman Seminar class I was teaching at Ivy Tech Community College, “What’s one of your top five values?” We had just completed a class activity in which I had … Continue reading

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Waiting

“I can’t wait until I’m in college!” fourteen-year-old Kiersten recently proclaimed.  Considering she is only in ninth grade, she has a long wait ahead of her! Kiersten, of course, is looking forward to all the fun that college seems to be:  … Continue reading

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Being Real

“I have a good security guard in my head,” nine-year-old Brennan told me recently as we walked into Subway together, just the two of us. “Really?” I responded.  “That’s interesting.” “Yep,” he continued, “He tells me not to say bad … Continue reading

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Building Sand Castles with Words

You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words… This is what separates artists from ordinary people:  the belief deep down in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a People-Pleasing, Recognition-Desiring Momma

“I think I might get the Sunshine Award tomorrow,” Micah, my third-grader, informs me one evening recently. My heart sinks. I happen to know that if he was the recipient of this award, I would already have been contacted by … Continue reading

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Who’s Influencing My Children?

As promised, here is the chapter on TV from my mom’s book.  I’m tempted to introduce it with lots of my own thoughts and convictions (and even confessions!) on the subject, but that would defeat the purpose of posting it.  It … Continue reading

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Out of Touch?

“Mommy!  Come quickly!  The TV is smoking!” Not quite able to wrap my mind around the words I’m hearing (The TV is smoking?!  What in the world must they mean?!), yet clearly hearing urgency in their voices, I quickly head towards the living room. … Continue reading

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Play With Us!

“Mommy, come play with us!” Micah calls to me as I settle down with my book on the sidelines. We were at Kiersten’s basketball practice.  Normally I carpool with another mom; she takes the girls to practice and I pick them up.  … Continue reading

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Papa Panov and Advent

In the reading that our family follows for Advent, the second candle that we light is called the Bethlehem Candle, which “shines to show us that Christ came to us in the quiet of a stable in Bethlehem.”  So that week we focus on baby Jesus.  … Continue reading

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Taking in the Weather

I woke up the morning of the election only to discover that I didn’t know who I was going to vote for that day. This is a scary confession for me to make.  Scary because some people may have judgmental reactions to this.  … Continue reading

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