The Dance…

Sometimes, I am blessed to get to see a little glimpse of Heaven in my classroom. Today was one of those days… I was sitting in my creative writing class.  I like to write when my students write, so I was doing just that.  I was working on a poem. I have a habit of…

The Beauty of a Moment

I am so blessed to do the things that I do.  Whether it is being in the classroom with some truly amazing students, or being with teenagers that I truly love in youth ministry or Young Life, I spend much of my life with people under the age of eighteen.  Sometimes, I long for some…

Adventures in Middle School…

If I have learned anything in my eighteen years as a teacher, one of those things is to always expect the unexpected.  You never know when you walk into your classroom what is going to happen that day, and each day is definitely an adventure. Don’t get me wrong!  I absolutely LOVE what I do….

Forever Changed

PAIN…. Such a small word, four little letters, but we tend to feel the effects so intensely.  It can take so many forms – physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.  But, though we can all understand it, because we have certainly all felt it at some point in our journey, it impacts every single one it…

I Watched Her Dance

I was singing with everyone else in the room, until I heard this beautiful, little voice in my right ear.  I was singing with my eyes closed, so I didn’t know she was there until she began to sing a little louder. At first, I kept singing… But, then I STOPPED. I stopped to listen…

Where I’m From…Where I’m Going…

I’ve heard it said that we should always… “Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” All too often, I do not stop to enjoy the “little things” now – and I so rarely give myself the opportunity to think back on the…

Bottled Water, Zest, and V05

She was sitting on the brick wall, about 50 feet away.  Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of her – surrounded by other teens who had traveled to the service project site with us, yet completely alone.  Absolutely no one was talking or even trying to connect with her.  I’m…

Letters I Cannot Send – Part One

I placed on the list a letter, a few letters in fact. Letters than cannot be sent anymore because you cannot post letters to Heaven – I missed my chance to tell them in person. But, that doesn’t mean that those things have to remain unsaid.

I’ve completed one letter so far…to my Dad.

More Than Just a Line…

I have had an amazing time in a recent writing project workshop that I have been a part of.  Having hours of time dedicated to personal writing has been an adventure that I simply wouldn’t have been ready for if it weren’t for the preparation that writing this blog has given me.  I apologize in…

If You Could See What I See…

I sat on the sofa, surrounded by the din of the university lounge that I found myself in.  Today was the first day of the writing project workshop that I am fortunate enough to be a participant. I had all the tools necessary for the job set before me. Pen…check. Journal…check. List of possible topics…check….

Alphabet Friends…

Once in a while, I get the opportunity to get together with old friends.  Not “OLD” friends, as one near and dear to my heart reminded me tonight, but rather the friends that know where you came from and share indelible memories with you. These times are way too far apart it seems. We each…

Life and Cake Wars

I woke up this morning – a little older.  Today is my 40th birthday.  I recall feeling so stressed at the thought of turning 30 that for weeks I thought turning 40 would be the beginning of feeling and being….you guessed it….OLD! I couldn’t have been more wrong! I feel younger, happier, and more energetic…