As I make plans for my son’s 11th birthday, I think about how simple the celebration will be this year. In years past, family and friends gathered at our home to bust open a piñata, engage in pool-noodle battles on the grassy hill of our yard, or soak each other with water balloons. Then a … Continue reading Simple Things
We have a preteen in the house. Almost overnight, my loving son - the one who curled on my lap at three, skipped through the parking lot at five - is now a moody, frustrated and misunderstood little man. Last weekend, an emotional hurricane crashed into our serene living room in the form of a … Continue reading Coloring Inside the Lines
“Watch for it! Keep watching!” A few simple words and I am eight-years-old again. And thirteen. And sixteen. And all the ages in between. It is a go-to-the-snow day, but this time around I am the mother. I am the one pointing out the window, encouraging my boys to watch the red dirt as the … Continue reading Snow! Snow! Snow!
“I am recommending your son for an SST.” The teacher neared the end of the conference with these words. Even though I knew it was coming, the words caused my heart to twist in my chest. A Student Study Team is the first step in a long process of assessments, evaluations, accommodations, and meetings. The … Continue reading Tracking with God
As I have been re-reading Robin Gunn’s newest novel Becoming Us in preparation for my next summer gathering with a few close friends, I am contemplating my “sweetest things.” In response to a conversation that occurs in chapter 5, each of us must bring one of our “sweetest things” to share with the group. I’ve … Continue reading The Sweetest Thing