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…

They Used to Line Up to Watch Me Leave

By Amy | February 23, 2020 |
They Used to Line Up

They used to line up to watch me leave. Even if I was just running to the store for 10 minutes…5 little faces would be pressed up against the glass. “Don’t forget to beep and wave!” they’d yell, knocking each other over trying to claim their spot by the window. We eventually even had to…

Our Hearts Can Do Hard Things

By Amy | February 23, 2020 |
we can do hard things

The gut-punch comes without warning. The realization that things will never be the same and also I really liked the same. Dropping my girl off yesterday after a quick dinner since I happened to be in her new town I found myself in tears once again and it totally caught me off guard. I have…

You Are Enough

By Amy | February 20, 2020 |
we can do hard things

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 are more polite and certainly don’t fight over the remote and their…

All Parents of Teenagers are Liars

By Amy | February 10, 2020 |
all parents

So here’s the thing about parenting teenagers. It sort of makes us into liars. Like when someone asks how our tall kids are we say things like… Great! They’re starting football in the fall! Or They just got into a great school! Or They’re doing the play right now and it’s so much fun. All…

What Does Married Love Look Like?

By Amy | November 17, 2019 |

What does romance look like when you’ve been married lots of years? It looks like this. Yesterday was hard. There was a ton of commotion around back to school and room changes and a small flood in our basement. It was 8:30pm and somehow I still hadn’t eaten dinner. I was the kind of tired…

By Amy | May 22, 2019 |

This one is for the middle and high school teachers. The ones no one is bringing a fist full of dandelions to and who will receive nary a handmade card during teacher appreciation days. The ones whose desks aren’t overflowing with gifts and who might do a double take in shock when a student remembers…

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

By Amy | May 22, 2019 |

What do you want to be when you grow up? How many times have we asked and answered this question? Friends I’m starting to think it might be the absolute wrong thing to ask anyone including ourselves. At senior choir night all they read the kids names along with their plan after graduation. This is…

Listen When They Are Little

By Amy | May 22, 2019 |

One summer when my kids were small they all conspired for my time seemingly every second of every day. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. It was so hard to focus on each individual soul when 5 of them hovered in my orbit near constantly, telling elaborate stories and demanding, “Mom, look at me!” (For the…

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