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Hear Me Out: Our Kids Need More Testing

This morning, I danced, I prayed, I was peppy, I made turbo snacks.  I spoke life, and I prayed.  I encouraged.  I prayed.... Then I watched my nine-year-old baby, terror in her eyes, tears flowing against her will, head in to take her first state test. I sank in exhaustion, sadness, and honestly, fire-raging fury.    What if we stopped?    We, as parents, have shouted from the rooftops that we are not obsessed or even concerned with how our kids perform on standardized tests. We know they are intelligent. We know they are hard workers. We know they love...

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We Were Just Little Girls

We Were Just Little Girls

I knew her. I heard the gossip before the media even caught a whiff. It was a small town, and something this scandalous wouldn't be slow to spread.  I knew her. A lot of us did. She was my PE teacher throughout elementary school. I knew her. I was shocked but also not surprised. I had been in those tanning beds—the ones where she had hidden video cameras and captured young girls undressing. I imagine most of us in our small town held our breath as, one by one, the girls who could be identified were notified that they been...

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That Wreck I "Forgot" to Mention to my Parents...and Other Stupid Revelations

That Wreck I "Forgot" to Mention to my Parents...and Other Stupid Revelations

When I turned 16, I fully believed my parents would make all of my dreams come true: I would wake up with a bright yellow Miata parked outside with a bow on it. Top-down, Guns n' Roses blaring, I would race off to pick up 15 of my closest friends. Precious. Reality was slightly different. My cheesy parents had wrapped my actual gift four box layers deep (using two rolls of tape). When I finally found the end, there was my gift: the keys to the first car my mom had bought herself when she graduated from college. A 1973...

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What if Easter just Felt Empty?

What if Easter just Felt Empty?

I think events and holidays can often come with tag-along expectations that reality can never quite accommodate. The day after, that emptiness can feel like grief. I didn't do enough. I didn't make it magical. I didn't remember to enjoy it. I didn't….fill in the blank.For me, I am so tired. We had a good spring break, but it wasn't restful. We came home late, then spent Easter day cleaning up our house and de-pollinating (is that even a word? It is now) our backyard so a few friends could come over to hunt eggs. I didn't do a great...

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I'm Done Making Excuses for why I'm not Blooming.

I'm Done Making Excuses for why I'm not Blooming.

This morning I came outside, and it's like overnight; half the trees came to life. They were dormant sticks literally yesterday, and today here they are, transformed into shades of dark and light greens, reds, yellows, whites, and pinks. Just like that. Boom. They are FULL of new growth. It has been a heavy season full of "no's." It is so easy to get discouraged in the moment, even when everything I know to be true is that life is FULL of good, full of hope, full of beauty. I decided to sit with my good Father and just ask....

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