Here’s to the Awkward Ones, We Need You

By Amy | September 21, 2020 |

Gather round loud ones, I need all of you who lay awake at 2:00am filled with worry about some random thing you have said or done to listen up. Coming out of quarantine living has made me as awkward as ever, that is just a fact. You could ask any one of the strangers I…

You Are Loved

By Amy | September 21, 2020 |

If tonight you are feeling discouraged. And like the demands of the world are just too much. If you’re feeling like you don’t measure up. And everyone else seems to be killing it at all the things, their houses are cleaner, their children have it all together and certainly don’t fight over the remote and…

My Heart Wasn’t Ready for How This Feels

By Amy | September 21, 2020 |

My heart wasn’t ready for how this feels. We went back to some in-person teacher work this week and here is my room ready with the desks spread apart, set for my dear teachers to join me. I started the first day ready to look on the bright side. I was ready to bring the…

Our Kids Break Us and Keep Us Going

By Amy | September 21, 2020 |

Our kids both break us and keep us going. They drain every drop of our energy and they give us life. They bring us to tears and make us laugh so hard we might even tinkle a little. We want to hide from them and also make them sit on our laps and never and…

What is the Value of a Life?

By Amy | September 21, 2020 |

What is the value of a life? Of the person you love or the person you hate. Of the unborn baby or the person who just turned 101. Of the one who you agree with about all the things or the one, you cannot understand one bit how their brain works? Of the Republican or…

He’s Got Us

By Amy | September 16, 2020 |

I see you today. I see how you are just tired of all of it. Tired of the pandemic and politics. Tired of the day in and day out trying to adjust and adapt and rise to the occasion. Maybe you are even tired of your people and your places. And furthermore not only can…

I Don’t Want to be the Christian Who Sings

By Amy | September 16, 2020 |

I don’t want to be the Christian who sings. I can’t stop thinking about a story I read about Christians during the holocaust. These followers of Christ knew what was going on in their community. They knew people from their very town were losing their businesses and their homes and their rights and all this…

Our babies will always need us just as we will always need them

By Amy | August 2, 2020 |

I used to make breakfasts for kids in footie pajamas swinging their legs at my kitchen counter. I’d cut up grapes on little plates and fill sippy cups with juice while fielding complaints because every single kid wanted the blue one. Now I make 4 frozen pizzas at once trying to keep up with how…

All Our Kids Have Lost Something

By Amy | April 28, 2020 |

Today should have been her prom.   But instead, she is in the car with her father, taking her first trip outside these walls since March. A ride to the store is a treat that brought a tear to her eyes tonight.   We offered to do the whole prom at home thing that is…

This is Crisis Schooling not Home Schooling and it’s OK if You are Failing

By Amy | April 22, 2020 |

Yesterday it was 7:00pm and we still were not done with online school. I refuse to call it homeschool because we are in no way, shape or form homeschooling here. That would imply I am doing the work of an educator. I do zero lesson planning or assessing or any of the actual work of…

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