Archives for June 2011

Homeschooling Rocks

Tomorrow’s a pretty big day for me, for any of us crazy enough to homeschool in Pennsylvania, because tomorrow is the deadline for submitting our annual portfolio. In addition to this sampling of reports, math problems, tests, artwork, and spitballs we’ve produced all year, we must also include a log of what we’ve taught each day, a list of reading materials we’ve used, and a letter from an evaluator who has reviewed the portfolio, interviewed the […]

How to Pray When Kids (and Grown-Ups) are Mean

I have this prayer I like force myself to pray when my feelings have been hurt. A friend gave it to me a few years ago when I was deeply offended by someone I cared about, and on several occasions since then, especially when I’m terribly tempted to feel sorry for myself, I open my prayer journal, and turn to this page: O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, […]

Mommy Makeover

What I did today: Registered for a race Read a blog post from a friend in high school Changed a light bulb in my bathroom Received a makeover from my six-year old daughter At first glance, this list looks as random as the color Lilla chose to fresco my toes, but after some personal reflection, a pattern starts to emerge. First, the race. In a few weeks, a friend and I are going to celebrate […]

When You Can’t Find the Right Father’s Day Card

There are some things a card can never convey. How I feel about my dad is one of them. Which explains why I ignored the greeting card aisle of Target last night. The store was closing in fifteen minutes, and that’s not enough time. Three and a half decades, and it’s still not enough time. Back then we bonded over burp clothes and bottles, strangers at first, when time seemed pregnant with possibility for Dad and […]

100% Chance of Rainey

She’s got her eyes set on the summer sky, looking toward the clouds, assessing their danger. She asks, “Are those storm clouds, Mom? Is it supposed to rain?” And I answer, not just once or twice or ten times but dozens, “No, sweetheart, the forecast is clear.” And my heart aches for her, a familiar pain, because I, too, was once a ten year-old girl afraid of darkness looming. And I hurt with a sense […]

Pool Rats


A Tribute to Grace

The Words are almost as old as Time itself, passed down from one generation to the next, committed to memory by little Jewish children throughout the ages. They were also quoted by Jesus when asked by the religious experts of his day to name the greatest commandment. Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; this is the first and greatest commandment. And […]