Category

Inspiration

The End of the Story

The end of this story is that Sam did, in fact, turn around before the escalator reached the bottom. He did not fall over those people or crack his head open on that tile floor. His habit of riding escalators backwards is just another nerve-racking adventure of parenting young kids. While he’s doing this, and...
Continue Reading

The Nerve of Public Speaking

This morning I gave chapel at the kids’ school. Let me tell you, kids are a tough crowd. Groups of grown-ups have sort-of made up their minds about me as a speaker before I even start. Some people in the audience are rooting for me. There’s also those in the group who are distracted or just...
Continue Reading

Celebrate the Gifts

It’s only Monday morning, and this week is already wearing. me. out. For real, y’all. All the volunteer commitments and kid nurturing, wifing, housekeeping, writing, speaking, email-answering and befriending have clustered up into BIG DEADLINES this week. I’m not complaining, but as I look at this week, I’m seriously wondering… Who will do all that...
Continue Reading

Reasons to Send Your Kid to a Lutheran School

5. It’s National Lutheran Schools Week! For one week a year, Lutheran School kids get to ditch their uniforms for to dress up like their Favorite Storybook Character and like a hippie from the ’60s. The really good news about this? If your kid goes to a Lutheran School, they probably wear a uniform the...
Continue Reading

Compliment Someone. They Need It.

If you have ever worked at a ministry that can’t make payroll, you know the disastrous effect this has on employee morale. One week without compensation and employees start complaining.  Their work becomes sluggish and negativity rules your workspace. Without a paycheck, employees feel unappreciated and unmotivated. This is exactly how volunteers feel when no...
Continue Reading

Giving My Daughter Space (And Learning When To Cut In)

The kids’ school has a Talent Show every year at the end of January. The four Hergenraders perform a “show” (using this term very loosely here) just about every night in the living room, so the promise of an actual stage and an audience not related to them sounded like the very best way to...
Continue Reading

Driving in Circles

Two important truths we have all learned by now… First, every single person is extremely gifted in some unusual way. Not Mozart-piano-playing gifted. Not Steve-Jobs-visionary gifted, maybe. But in some equally important way, each of us can do one task or activity with extreme ease. Because this is a gift, we each take it for...
Continue Reading

To All The Struggling Readers

Two summers ago, right before Elisabeth and Sam were to start Kindergarten the first time, another mom snuck me a list of 100 Sizzling Sight Words. “This is the list!” she said, like she had stolen an advance copy of the Bar Exam. “They’ve got to learn this list of words to go on to...
Continue Reading

Letters to My Kids

Dear Catie… I’m writing this on the day of your last volleyball game. Your coach predicts you might win this game, which is good news for your team. They seem tired of losing. You seem a little tired of losing. But really, you’re fine either way. This is you, Catie. You’re just happy. You rarely...
Continue Reading

Have Another Kid

When I found out I was pregnant with Nate, the twins had just turned two. Catie was five, and we had moved into our new house a few months before. We were busy settling into our new town, unpacking boxes, and shuttling Catie back and forth to Kindergarten at our old church. The twins were...
Continue Reading
1 4 5 6 7 8