First World Problems: Graduations

My son graduated from preschool last week. I’m not sure how it happened. How did ten months fly by so quickly? One minute he’s reluctantly letting go of my hand and walking toward the door of his classroom with his shiny clear backpack and Lightning McQueen lunchbox. The next thing I know I’m sitting on a bench in the school cafeteria blinking back tears as he presents me with a hug, paper flower, and laminated diploma. I am [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:49-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Personalities

It’s 11:00pm on a Sunday and you can’t relax. You crawl into bed, pull the covers up to your chest and start replaying all the conversations and text message exchanges you’ve had in the last week, or ahem, year. You become fidgety as you think of something you wish you’d said differently, or maybe you wish you hadn’t said anything at all. You’re frustrated and angry at yourself and you reach for your phone to consult Google for [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:49-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Stuff

  My son’s birthday is tomorrow. He can’t wait to be 4. He’s excited about starting preschool and playing sports and getting taller. He cheers when he’s outgrown a pair of shoes. He loves to look at his growth chart on the wall in our laundry room. Each night he stands on his little blue step stool as he brushes his teeth and makes faces at himself in the mirror saying to me, “Mommy, I will be taller than you [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:50-04:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Curiosity

The weekend before Labor Day I surprised my son with a trip to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. I packed our bags, loaded the car and strapped my little man into his car seat. I handed him the iPad and mentally prepared myself to listen to the TROLLS movie soundtrack on repeat. Off we went. The fourth time I heard Poppy and Branch sing Can’t Stop the Feeling!, I made up new words. I got this feeling, inside my [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:50-04:00September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Elf on the Shelf

Three days before Thanksgiving, I sent a text to my best friend. She has four kids, ages 14 to 2. Besides my own mom, she’s my best parenting resource. Me: I’m thinking this would be a good year to get an Elf on the Shelf! Her: Me: Come on! It can’t be that bad. It seems like so much fun!Her: Nope. Don’t do it. Wait as long as you possibly can. You’ll see. Me: Nonsense! (followed by a [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Mornings

Let me preface this post with a disclaimer: If you are squeamish when it comes to bodily functions, read no further. Tuesday, October 4 2:47 a.m. Lying on my bed, facing the door, I awaken to the sound of “pssssst” and see a set of small hazel eyes staring back at me. My affectionate and persuasive toddler asks to get into my bed. He kisses my face and I give in, “OK, but just for a minute…”  And [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00October 6th, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Expressing Gratitude

  My son has a Veggie Tales book that he loves. We read it night and day. A pastor’s wife gave it to him. Why is he so attached to this little book? There is a red button in the upper right corner that plays a song. It’s annoying and catchy and it gets stuck in my head. He plays it so often, I rarely think about the meaning of the words. Because a thankful heart is a [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00September 2nd, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration, Uncategorized|1 Comment

First World Problems: Staff Meetings

If you Google “staff meeting memes”, the results are pretty entertaining. We’ve all been there. You have the doodler, the window gazer, the incessant cougher (me today), the late comer, the nail biter, the fast talker…you get the idea. Occasionally, meetings are daunting, tedious and boring, but they're also a vital part of the success of any business or organization. Theoretically, staff meetings are productive assemblies where support is given, decisions are made and ideas are born. At [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00June 23rd, 2016|First World Problems, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’re Hiring

As a Pastoral Counseling Center, we are seeking applicants for clinical positions who have high clinical competence and are no stranger to their own inner life. This may include a sense of seasoning and growth through dealing with difficult life experiences, as well as how one’s own sense of the bigger picture of life may have been a resource in that growth. A second strength would be the applicant demonstrating an awareness of and ability to think, speak, and [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Laugh a Little

Did you know? For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries 2015 Word of the Year was a pictograph. The ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015. The emoji was also selected because, according to SwiftKey, a mobile technology business, it was the most used emoji in the world. The pictograph made up 20 percent of all the emojis used in the United Kingdom and 17 percent [...]

2022-03-21T17:17:51-04:00February 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment
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