for·ti·tude (Originally posted February 2011)

“Let’s get going. Today we’ll be learning about fortitude; get your dictionaries out.” “Sammy, please stop doodling, and pay attention. No, it’s not about making everything into the number four! No, “F” comes before “G” in the alphabet.” “Mom, I have to go to the bathroom; I’ll be right back.” “Didn’t you just go to…

A snapshot of joy

As I ran, storms threatened and the sky darkened. I kept my worried eyes trained on the greying sky. The clouds pressed down and made me feel hurried and agitated. At the halfway point, I turned around. I remember a “WOW!” escaping as I exhaled. The blue of the sky caught me by surprise. Fluffy…

The pre-service tip. Thoughts.

Ack. I’m feeling a little salty. Maybe you guys can help me. There’s this newish thing, and I just don’t get it. You may have had this experience, if not, imagine with me: You go into a fast food restaurant, and after standing in line behind a couple families, you make your way to the…

The Schedule Olympiad

One day after successfully executing a complicated scheduling maneuver involving multiple families, siblings, transportation, food, tests, equipment, you name it… my friend looked me in my exhausted eyes and said, “you know, if they awarded medals to moms for scheduling, we’d have just earned gold!” That’s when the idea was born: competitive scheduling. We could…

Do what you love and you’ll never have to work?

I write math formulas, grammar tips, Bible verses, and advice in the form of inspirational quotes on our bathroom mirror. I don’t have a ton of inspirational quotes memorized, so I’m always on the lookout for those.  One of the most common quotes I run across is “Do what you love.” Every time I see…

Hi there! Have a latte.

Hi! It’s been so long. I’ve almost forgotten how to write anything but to-do lists. Last year my blog’s host notified me that the price to have this tiny space in the cybersphere was going up. The price went from one latte a month to about five lattes a month. (I measure all things in…