say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

I cut waaay back on facebook over the last few months. Derisive sarcasm and hate were saturating my news feed, weighing and wearing me down. As I tentatively become more active again, one of my new facebook practices is to select "I don't want to see this" whenever I read a post declaring that something … Continue reading say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

Sunday evening. Easter Sunday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, focused on my laptop. PinkGirl came over and turned my chair sideways so she could curl up on my lap and lay her head on my shoulder. "Mom? How can I find joy in God?" wow. 13 years old. Immediately, I prayed. "Lord, is … Continue reading whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours.

a Quote: (Ellen and Genie were best friends when they were kids, but grew apart over the years. Until this reconnection in their early twenties, as written by Genie.) "For the next hour I stormed the conversation with highly exaggerated accounts of my great successes... She [Ellen] listened quietly and at one point when my … Continue reading four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours.

facebook fragments: 02/8/14 – 02/14/14 (one floor done, dependent tasks & Scooba)

This is only a partial compilation. I waited 3 weeks after posting to create this facebook fragments and some of my facebook posts are already MIA. Which is why I do these posts. _____________ Saturday, February 8, 2014 If the Holy Spirit prompts you to step into a stranger's life and offer to help them, … Continue reading facebook fragments: 02/8/14 – 02/14/14 (one floor done, dependent tasks & Scooba)

facebook fragments: 02/01/14 – 02/07/14 (superbowl & chaperone duty)

Posting this a week late, as usual... Saturday, February 1, 2014 Who else would have to eat these one line at a time? _______________ Shopping for a new blender because we smoothied ours to DEATH. This is my favorite amazon.com review so far: Pros: It blends. I can make protein shakes with this blender. Cheap. … Continue reading facebook fragments: 02/01/14 – 02/07/14 (superbowl & chaperone duty)

facebook fragments: 01/25/14 – 01/31/14

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Me, to PinkGirl, who was head down in her iPad: "Whatcha up to?" PinkGirl: "Talking to people." Me: "Who ya talking to?" PinkGirl: "What difference does it make?" Me: "When I'm on the phone, what do you always ask me? PinkGirl, grinning: "Who ya talking to?" Me: "When I'm texting someone, … Continue reading facebook fragments: 01/25/14 – 01/31/14

facebook fragments: 01/18/14 – 01/24/14

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 I have a harmony stuck in my head. _______________ PinkGirl. Please STOP doing the Chocolate Dance and get ready for bed. #ilovemydaughter ______________ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 PinkGirl. Please STOP doing the Chocolate Dance and get ready for school. #ilovemydaughter _______________ A huge THANK YOU to Kristen from BodyInUnity Inc.! After … Continue reading facebook fragments: 01/18/14 – 01/24/14

therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

“C.S. Lewis (on reading another author): "He brought me violently face to face with..." from Yours, Jack by C.S. Lewis YES! I LOVE it when that happens! It's why I read dead guys and footnotes when I don't have to. I love it when a writer makes me think. I love it when my beliefs … Continue reading therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

the positive impact of negative feedback.

I've known for a very long time that I'm different. Not "better" different. Because, really, "better" is relative. Better than what? The comparisons are limitless. and I'm thinking at least 50% of them wouldn't be pretty. "Different" can imply too much trouble. too much work. weird. tiresome. exasperating. I don't deny those adjectives. They're not … Continue reading the positive impact of negative feedback.