why reading comprehension (and tostadas) is critical for life

I read this “selection” to my first grader this morning: See the tree. The tree is a home. What can live in the house? See what lives here. It is for a raccoon. Raccoons can live in trees. The raccoon can go in. It can go out to get food. It gets corn and fish … Continue Reading

showing honor…toward the un-honorable

I was talking with a friend the other day who was sharing with me some very painful parts of her early childhood. An only child to an abusive father, a mentally-ill, perfection-driven mother…the loneliness, the shame, the pressure…the results and consequences of living through those circumstances…some of which still linger to this day… She was … Continue Reading

what “marriage is work” really means

When Matt and I were engaged I absolutely hated the idea that marriage would be “work”. Work had such a negative connotation with it and it totally made me itchy (that’s just my word for uncomfortable) to think about one another in that way. We were SO in love, right? Then this thing called life … Continue Reading