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changes, contentment, future, kids, living for real, parenting / 28.05.2017

What are you looking forward to?   Three more days of school and my eleven years of walking children to the bus every morning will be over. Once the kids are in middle school, moms don’t make an appearance at the bus stop. My youngest will be a sixth grader in the fall, which is ridiculous considering she was born just yesterday.   The elementary bus runs an hour and a half behind the middle and high school bus. So, come August, all three of my babes will leave at seven in...

balanced life, be present, freedom, kids, parenting, real life / 12.04.2017

  Hello. My name is JJ and I am a skimmer. I read newspaper headlines and captions. I flip through the Bible, rarely stopping to read more than a verse at a time. I read the first few entries of devotional books and then skim the rest. I bookmark professional articles but don’t return to them. I repeatedly make lists of who and what to pray for but rarely follow through in prayer.   My kids ask me questions and I don’t answer. I ask them questions and don’t remember what...

balanced life, be present, coffee, contentment, living for real, parenting / 11.01.2017

I found our kitty curled up sound asleep, nestled in a pile of blankets on the bed early this morning, so I let her be, and the bed remained unmade. I envy her sometimes – her ability to drop and sleep anywhere.   I went to the couch to drink my coffee and enjoy the slower morning. The roads were covered with a layer of ice, so school was delayed two hours. Once my body and brain begin to move, they are reluctant to slow down. But in the mornings,...

beauty, contentment, kids, life is good, living for real, love, parenting, vacation / 14.12.2016

  It was the trip of a lifetime, just like we had hoped! A ten-day vacation to Hong Kong and Beijing with our family was a dream come true.   I had lived a few months in Hong Kong before we were married. A year into our marriage, Lee and I moved there to teach in an international school. Our daughter Esther was born there, but we relocated to Pennsylvania when she was six months old. For the past 15-years, we’ve spoken of our fondness of Hong Kong to our children.   The...

adolescence, be present, kids, life is good, living for real, parenting, perspective / 02.11.2016

The bin that holds bits and pieces of past costumes was retrieved a few weeks before Halloween from the shelf above the dryer. Angel wings, a Mardi Gras mask, a studded black belt, a top hat, and other treasures were found and spread all over my bedroom floor.   My office floor was covered with 12-gauge shotgun shell casings (don’t ask where they came from) and rolls of duct tape where Alex spent hours constructing ammunition belts.   As if that was not enough junk, the husband and two kids paid a...