The parable of the protesting preschooler (or, when God drags us kicking and screaming)

He was sleeping happily on the couch when we hoisting him upright and informed him, “It’s time to go. Get up!” If you’ve never roused a four-year-old from a late-afternoon nap, you have no idea of the battle which ensues. He did not want to go, and he demonstrated that by shouting and flailing. Hiding … Continue reading The parable of the protesting preschooler (or, when God drags us kicking and screaming)

Four reasons why change is the best, crappiest thing that can happen to you.

I hate and love change. Sometimes change is most welcome: when you finally get a new job; when you finally move into that better place, and when that baby finally decides to be born. There are times when change is desired, sought after, even prayed and begged for. The change that cancer is in remission. … Continue reading Four reasons why change is the best, crappiest thing that can happen to you.

If you don’t like “their game,” then for everyone’s sake, just leave it!

Today I’m going to tell you the secret to everlasting happiness: you don’t have to respond to everything that flashes your way, especially if it’s “not your game.” Do you remember this rule from your childhood: “If you don’t like our rules, then you don’t have to play”? Now, that may sound harsh—and it was usually … Continue reading If you don’t like “their game,” then for everyone’s sake, just leave it!

Why would normally sane people take teenagers out into the wilderness of Wyoming to walk for 18 miles?

My husband and I just returned from rough camping for three days and two nights with a bunch of teenagers, and it’s called “Trek.” We weren’t the only ones, either, to take on this insanity. While Dave and I were responsible for eight teenagers, 13-17 years old, three other married couples from our ward (or … Continue reading Why would normally sane people take teenagers out into the wilderness of Wyoming to walk for 18 miles?