Category Archives: Self-Discovery

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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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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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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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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The Little Things

My heels are a daily reminder of the value of consistency and faithfulness.  Of how even the little things can make a big difference.  Let me explain… In recent years, my heels have become cracked.  Very cracked.  Dead skin.  Deep … Continue reading

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Elbow Grease

I can’t imagine life without my Swiffer Wet-Jet.  Seriously.  How did anyone ever keep their kitchen floors clean before the invention of this marvelous tool?  Mopping requires way too much work.  And scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees?!  … Continue reading

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Prayers of Women

As a mom, I’m often struck by symbols, reminders, and lessons for myself.  For example, discipline situations with my children often remind me of my own behaviors and “slow learning” in the context of my relationship with God.  Or, the … Continue reading

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Someone Has To Do It

I remember the moment I had a “mothering-change-of-heart.”  In Oprah’s words, an “aha moment.”  When I took hold of the reigns to be the mother I wanted my kids to have.  When I realized that a scheduled home, a secure … Continue reading

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I’m Something Special

From my mom’s book, Keep These Things ~ Ponder Them in Your Heart: Kimberly and I sit on the wicker sofa watching the Muppets on television.  Kermit the Frog sings, “It’s not easy being green.”  He goes on to reflect … Continue reading

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