Undeclared (The Real Freshman Rule Book)

journey

Know what makes me feel old? When kids i knew when they were LITTLE kids go to college. I started teaching dance when i was 16, and i was a student minister/camp counselor about 10 years ago. Also, I have a brother-in-law and sister-in-law who were 6 and 8 when I started dating their big brother--they are now 16 and 18. Like many of the "kids" I've known, they are turning out to be sharp, interesting and impressive adults.I'm noticing on facebook that many of the "kids" from various venues of … [Read more...]

Real Housewives and Food Challenges

man-vs-food

There are very few things in the world that are black and white to me. Wherein I am comfortable saying "this is ALWAYS right," or "this is NEVER ok."For instance, I am a pretty steady liberal on most things, but I don't have a clear line on abortion. I take issue with both sides of the aisle on this one, and it is just a difficult, painful truth of our society. I guess you could say i'm of the "Safe, legal, and rare" school, all the while knowing that "legal" means, really, you can't control … [Read more...]

How Fancy is That?

fancy

In the spirit of summer reading book reports, I have a new favorite heroine. Fancy Nancy.No really, I mean it. That kid is awesome. I know that I frequently hate on the girly girl princess culture that sends our daughters all sorts of harmful subliminal messages about their worth in the world. However, i do not hate all things girly. A little sparkle here and there can go a long way to draw a kids' eye to something that has value at the core. [however, just don't get me started on … [Read more...]

“The Help:” Prophets Major and Minor

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Wow, this is going to be a great book.Sorry family, you will be microwaving your own dinner tonight, mama is reading.Wow, that was an awesome book! If I know you, I’m going to make you read it.I kind of want to read that again.I really wish I’d written that myself…This is the 5-stage journey of a really excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s, “The Help” took me through every one of them when I first read it, with an extra twisty 6th step thrown in the middle. The all-over chills m … [Read more...]

A Little Bit Red…

"Why is it that every time we go to southern California, we are absolutely the Clampets?!"  A personal favorite Bartlett-ism from The West Wing gospel files. President Bartlett and his staff have travelled to California, where they need to really impress some people who could help them get re-elected, and calimity ensues. Ultimately, his personal aid and his White House Communications Director get into a bar fight and wind up in jail.Thinking of that moment as I wonder: Why is it that, w … [Read more...]

There is No One Like Our God

cartman

There is no "I" in Christian.Oh, wait...I've finally figured it out. Why I can't stand Christian radio. For years, it's been driving me bananas, and I don't even listen to it enough to make a fair justification of why. I keep thinking maybe I've judged the whole industry unfairly. Kind of like cauliflower. Every now and then I figure, "I'm a grown up now, I should like this..."  So I give it another bite--another 30 seconds or so of my listening time... After all, I like to know how C … [Read more...]

Stop Making Me Look So Hot!

bachman

HOWEVER--it's not like they caught her with her mouth full, or snuck up while she was bending over at an unflattering angle (my dad's favorite way to take a picture, thanks). This is kind of a "what do you mean, this is just my face," face. "The Queen of Rage" might be a little hyperbolic, but let's just be honest... that's what she's selling. And these days, rage sells. Crazy gets votes. I shudder to think of the carnage that will be found along the campaign trail, come hindsight 2012. It is … [Read more...]

Muffin Moment: A Mean Mom and Minister

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I gave her 3 chances. I am not a mean mom.3 chances to help me make muffins without sticking her hand in the bowl of flour and sugar. After the third, she was not allowed to help me anymore. Kicking screaming meltdown ensued. Morning—day OFF morning—disrupted. Was it worth it?Thing is, it was not about the muffin mess. I don’t mind cleaning a little flour off the counter. But after 3 times, she was testing. And the answer to that test is, if you do something mom or dad says not to do, ba … [Read more...]

Best of Both Worlds

backyard24

Around here, if you want to enjoy any outside time between june and october, it has to be early. I mean like, nonsense early.Luckily, our kids wake up nonsense early. So this morning, we threw on some shoes, grabbed the dog, and were leaving the house by 7 (true story) babies and all. I mean, I left the house without COFFEE people. Don't fear for my family though. They are all ok.We moved to a beautiful preserve area over a month ago, and had yet to go exploring, so we finally just went. … [Read more...]


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