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Turning 40 & Learning To Conserve Energy

The kids and I handed out thousands of water cups at a triathlon Mike competed in this summer.  Even though our family had a great day helping those thirsty runners, I can see the metaphor in this picture. It shows a lesson God is teaching me more and more every day. Here’s what I’m learning:...
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Off the Couch! Thoughts on Stomach Bugs & Writing

A yucky stomach bug found its way into the intestines of our kids this week. Like a knee-locked junior high choir, they toppled off the proverbial risers of life one at a time. Each kid went from enthusiastic student to curled in bed, clutching his/her tummy. They each stayed home to watch movies with the...
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Bloggers are Live Music Performers

Last month we visited Austin, Live Music Capital of the World. Mike and went out for a quintessential Lake Travis night, complete with a fantastic steak dinner and local live music. Because this is Austin, the guy performing was very, very good. Watching the sunset overlooking Lake Travis, eating spicy TexMex and listening to a...
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Writing at Starbucks

The kids and I have spent the first two weeks of the summer in the Memorial area, where we used to live. Everyday I dropped them off at camp at Christ Memorial Lutheran and then worked on my book in a Starbucks. The Memorial area is also called the Energy Corridor, which is where most...
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Falling Back in Love with Writing

Writing and I recently hit a  rough patch. Our break-up story was typical. I got busier and busier. In retaliation, Writing became its difficult self. We stopped spending time together. I didn’t feel like dealing with the issues Writing was giving me, and it didn’t feel like making anything easy on me. Pretty soon, spending...
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Update on Summer

So far, summer in our corner of the world has been busy. The kids are in a camp at our old church. I’m working on my book at different Starbucks across Houston, while they are jumping into waterslides, songs about Jesus, craft projects, and the sno-cone truck that stops by the church. Hands down, the...
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School Year in Review

Looking back, the 2013-2014 school year was the busiest one ever for our family. And one of the most eventful. Catie moved to Westlake, Nate started Preschool, I started a school Newspaper, we went to Galveston most weekends, the kids did more activities and sports than ever before, and we (pretty much) LOVED it all....
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Reading the Bible Just Might Change Your Life

So, this is really brilliant. I am a Bible study writer, who keeps forgetting about the Bible. How does this happen? How am I so selfish and forgetful and lazy that I want to write inspirational ideas about Jesus, but I can never remember to START WITH THE BIBLE? The really fantastic pattern goes something...
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Wrinkles & Lessons

At twenty-two, I was a fresh-faced college graduate, thrilled to be headed to Houston for my first teaching job.  I had seen Dangerous Minds and Dead Poet’s Society, so I  knew teaching would be hard. Thanks to these movies, I fully expected to introduce my inner-city/poor rich kids to the importance of literature. Shortly after that,...
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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...
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