What I Learned This Spring (2018 Edition)

As North America heads into summer, West Africa begins its rainy season.   Last night, the rain played music on our metal roof as we tried to sleep.  Some nights it is a lullaby, and other nights it is a good excuse to read a book instead of sleeping.  Last night it lulled me to sleep. No matter what the […]

Control Musing

From New Oxford American Dictionary:      Musing: A period of reflection or thought.     Control: The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or course of events. This past week, I have been thinking a lot (or musing) about control.  In my continuing education, the topic for the week was motivation and locus of control.  The Locus of Control […]

Memories Musing

In the fantasy book, A Deliverer Comes, Ollie tries to help Zoraoh learn to use a gift, where those of noble blood, mind speak.  During a lesson, Zoraoh stumbles into one of Ollie’s painful childhood memories in which he was being beaten. Ollie is startled and a little embarrassed to find Zoraoh inside his memory.  In his memory, Zoraoh speaks […]

That Last Book of a Trilogy (April Reads 2018)

Sometimes I wait until the second book of a trilogy or series is published before I dive into the first one.  This way I don’t have to sit around on pins and needles as bide my time til the next book comes out.  I know this isn’t the best strategy  for supporting my favorite authors, but it is does save me some […]

When Your Heart Keeps Getting Broken

I can see him clearly in my mind, sitting to the left of me at his desk, as I teach my Algebra I class.  His sandy brown head is bent over his paper as he tries to keep up with taking notes. It is my first year teaching at an International school in Central Asia. It is his first year at the […]

Eclectic Reads (March 2018 Edition)

What do you do when you are awake at 5:30 and can’t get back to sleep?  Sometimes I get up and start my day but ost of the time, I am not ready to get out of bed.   I would rather continue reading whatever was on my nightstand from the night before.  The best thing about reading so early […]

Four Ways We Sabotage Connection

Connection is an important part of our lives whether in person, online or even through snail mail.  The past few years I have struggled with feeling connected to those around me and those far way from me.  Some of it has to do with circumstances, but a lot of it has to do with me.  I often lean out when I should lean in.  Not […]

A Wilderness Musing

A lighthouse futon, a chair in my library, and multi-colored toushak next to window looking out into my garden- each of these spots holds memories of different seasons.  It was on the futon that I battled loneliness and the insecurities that came from being a mom of two little ones.  In my library chair, I journaled about my struggles as a homeschool mom […]

My Word for 2018: Connection

Looking back, my last word of the year (Deeper) was in 2014.   It ended up being the perfect word for a year of evacuations, loss, and flexibility.  By the end of the year, we had a deeper trust in God and deeper commitment to the call He had for us in that season.  Our family was also closer than we had […]

What’s Keeping Me Sane (February 2018 edition)

Some seasons especially the winter season can seem longer than others.  I remember feeling like winter would never end when I lived in Central Asia.  Here I only have two seasons-rainy and dry, but it often seems like rainy season goes on forever.  Lucky for me, I am in dry season and enjoying it.   So why am I doing a post […]