• Mixed Emotions About Next School Year

    School Year 2021-2022? My Emotions Are Mixed

    Paperwork has been submitted for my son to start preschool next year and my daughter’s spot in kindergarten is confirmed. It should be a time of celebrating milestones. Instead I’m filled with a mix of exhaustion, anticipation and dread about the upcoming school year. We all have high hopes for next school year to get back to “normal” but at this point, I have my doubts. Will things ever be “normal” again or will we push forward with all the continued uncertainty and moving pieces that we now call “normal”? Because, frankly, all this uncertainty and moving pieces has left me a little traumatized, a lot overwhelmed and so, so…

  • Beauty Even Now

    Beauty Even Now: Guest Post

    I have a beautiful yard. I don’t feel bad bragging about it because I don’t deserve credit for any of it. My husband takes care of all our plants. A lot of work goes into the planning, the planting, the pruning, and everything else that has to happen to make it look the way it does, but he enjoys doing it and is happy to let me reap the benefits of it all. I occasionally help him, but it’s under his guidance. He clearly knows more about plants than I do, so I happily yield to him. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t take long for me to ruin our yard…

  • Love Languages of Children

    The Love Languages of Children

    The 5 Love Languages closes out with a chapter about the Love Languages of Children. It was a chapter I was especially interested in as I’m fully aware of the benefit of keeping your child’s emotional love tank full. This is especially true where my foster/adopted children are concerned. Their early start in life didn’t afford them all the best and this rough beginning is evident in their present. Admittedly, I’ve struggled to identify their love languages and commit energy to pouring into them in that way. First, because love languages of children, especially young children, are difficult to really pinpoint, as Gary Chapman notes. Second, I’m so exhausted by…