Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant--what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here's my speech: As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with … Continue reading Choose to be Teachers and Students

Friday Writing Challenge: Tattoos

Writing Prompt #2: What tattoos do you have, or what tattoos would you get, and why? July 31, 2013: I'm sitting on a table watching Bryan artistically carve my children's names into my ankle. The pain is so intense that I'm screaming out obscenities--words that explode out of my mouth even as my clenched teeth try … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Tattoos

Parents in Education

If parents really want to make a difference in their children's education, they have the power to do so. Parents can truly be the biggest change agent at their schools. They can bring about change quicker than teachers and administrators combined. How do I know this? I have seen parents use their power to change their … Continue reading Parents in Education

Blessing #11: Carol Linn, the Woman, Not the Child

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. This statement has never been truer than with my daughter Carol Linn. Actually, absence was absolutely necessary for the salvation of our relationship. Before she moved to the other side of the country, I knew there were wonderful things about her; however, they were clouded by the rebellious teenager that challenged our … Continue reading Blessing #11: Carol Linn, the Woman, Not the Child

Blessing #2: God Gave Me Nicole

Blessings I don't regret my past. It's made me who I am today. People are shocked when I say that after hearing about my less-than-ideal upbringing: My father was an abusive alcoholic; I was beaten many times during his drunken rages. Also, as a girl, I had less value in my European family than my brothers; … Continue reading Blessing #2: God Gave Me Nicole