Community Growth

One week left. One week until she is in my arms again. These last days are filled with the last minute details and to-do lists that get longer the faster you go. I know I won’t get everything crossed off at this point, so I’m trying to prioritize. I’m also trying to remember to breathe…

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Growing Community

Lately, I have been struggling with feelings of isolation.  My life is a solitary one most days.  Working online from home means that there can be days upon days that I don’t physically see another person besides Little Man. That doesn’t mean I don’t talk to anyone.  I have a wonderful learning community the world…

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Leaping…Together

This post was featured on the New Horizons for Children website.  Special thanks to Vinegar Hill for letting me talk about my work with them in this post.  You teach me so much! Recently, I worked on a commercial shoot.  I love working in the film industry, and always look forward to the next gig…

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Across an Ocean

Every day at 10am, I find myself in a different online world.  Facebook no longer matters…well, not the American version.  I log into the version used in Soccerboy’s country.  And then I wait.  And wait. He is just coming home from school. How was your day?  Are the teachers nice?  Ja, ja.  Lots of emoticons. …

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One Month Out…

Only a month to go until Soccer Boy’s arrival and I’m growing in both anticipation and anxiety.  There is simply so much to do to get ready: things to buy, rooms to red-up (or “get ready/clean” for those of you who aren’t Pa Dutch), posters to make, and oh so much more. This past weekend,…

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Faith Building in the Lull

As with every large undertaking, there seem to always be lulls—times of inactivity that can be frustrating and concerning.  It is at these times that temptations for doubt, fear, and second-guessing start to creep in.  It often seems, at least for me, that when I stop being busy doing, the empty space is taken up…

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Facilitating Vision

I like to think of myself as a creative person.  My life is immersed in the arts: film, television, books, dance, painting, knitting, discussing, intertextualizing—these are the things that saturate my world.  I love the arts; but most often, I find that I am enjoying the art of others instead of creating my own.  I’ve…

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On Being Ordinarily Crazy

I bought my first home six years ago.  The entire house was painted a horrible hospital-white.  With one request, a team of people was mobilized, and in the course of three days, seven rooms were painted with nine different colors.  That’s crazy radical.  I remember my friend Stephen, a brand-new first time father, on his…

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