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Strength for Teen Boys

This year I went back to the classroom–kind of. I’m teaching a senior English class at our kids’ new school. It’s block schedule so it meets every other day at 7:40 in the morning. I’m not at school all day, every day, but I do have my own class of seniors. When I first accepted...
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The Word is Soul…

This year, my word will be ‘soul.’ As I get older, my soul is the part of me that matters the most. As my body ages, and I can see its fragility, I’m learning about strength of my soul. Mostly I’m learning about what my soul needs. My soul needs to get lost between the...
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Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade)

Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade)  Ah, Nate. You are killing me with this smile. I can see all the parts of you in it–your adventure, your sweetness, your enthusiasm, and your curiosity. These are exactly what make you my Nate and they are all over your first-day-of-school grin. Your Nate-ness also...
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Dear Sam… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear Sam… Crazy. That’s what this year is. Bananas. Everything is new: you’re at a different school and now it’s also middle school and our new lives in Friendswood are so strange and exhilarating. Some of it is going so well–you’re making good friends, you’re intrigued by life at Lutheran South, you’re so happy to...
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FAQ for Shine

What is Shine? Shine is my new book. It’s a six-week Bible study filled with stories, discussion questions, journal prompts, and prayers. Shine is my favorite of all my books. You will laugh and you will cry. I just can’t for you to read it. Who should read Shine? I wrote this book for teen girls. The stories...
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Last Summer at Eden for #NLSW

Let’s celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week with some Last Summer at Eden love. My Young Adult novel tells the story of Poppi, who wants to save Camp Eden, a beautiful place with a mysterious problem that might close it down. Check out what people are saying about Last Summer at Eden here. Or watch the (30-second) book video below. You’ll...
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Eat This Paleo Breakfast Casserole Everyday!

Maybe, like me, you’re a Healthy Eating Frequent Visitor. It’s like when you visit the same hotel or city or country over and over. When you do, you become really familiar with the place. You love this ice cream shop and that place for shrimp po-boys and that other place for the deliciously strong coffee....
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What Do You Want MORE?

We are summering SO HARD over here. My kids have forgotten they ever attended school. When they see pictures of their class Christmas party, they claim they weren’t even there. They have amnesia about how homework even works. We are now summer people. The kids are not taking long baths, they are jumping in the...
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Mama Bears, We Do Not Need Your Help

Mama Bear: a well-meaning mother who scolds teachers, shames coaches, and “helps” other parents by delivering never-ending advice about how to protect her kids. Dear Mama Bear….. You are 2018’s Helicopter Mom. I know. You desperately want to save the next generation from the evils of volunteer coaches, minimum-wage lifeguards, and teachers who yell. Please...
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No One Cares if You Write…

A few months ago I joined a gym for one reason: accountability. I was tired of falling asleep—my day’s step count at a dismal low—and vowing to myself that I WOULD work out the next day. Only to discover that the next day was like the one before it—filled with good intentions, but not much of...
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