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Dear Nate… (on your first day of 5th grade)

Dear Nate- Here’s the funny thing I see happening in our family right now, Nate. Long ago you were assigned to be The Smart One, The Sweetheart, and The One with No-Drama. As the fourth child in a big family, you didn’t get much of a say in who we decided you would be. Except...
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Dear Sam… (on your first day of 7th grade)

Dear Sam- You know that sign in our gameroom? The little one that says, “Love like Catie, Live like Elisabeth, Laugh like Sam, and Look like Nate?” When we jokingly hung that up, everyone agreed we had one part right—laugh like Sam. Because you, my dear boy, know how to look at the world and...
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Find Your Fire.

Your fire is what you need right now. Your fire is your purpose. Holding it in will make you grow weary. Stop scrolling–your fire is not there. It’s also not in the refrigerator. You cannot buy it or taste it or invest it. I got ambien no script at https://www.aba.org/ambien-online-no-rx/. It’s help me a lot...
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“I love you and you are worth so much.” –God

Yep, you keep messing up. Your to-do list has had the same three NEED TO DO! tasks on it for weeks now. You thought you would be really good at something but it turns out you’re not and you can’t shake the shame. You’re overdue for your dental cleaning. You spent too much on junk...
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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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