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Faith and Mental Health

I had my first bout of major depression when I was in college. Before that, I had a lifetime of roller-coaster ups and downs, sessions with a few shrinks, and a lot of hiding behind a fake smile. This was different. I unexpectedly lost someone...

Cover Your Heart!

Parenting today is like swimming upstream: it's hard/heart work. It can be beneficial to partner with a school that shares your values, and seeks to teach the same foundations for life. Caldwell Academy seeks to partner with parents to teach the...

Is Your Heart a Greenhouse?

I grew up in a household where there almost always was some form of a garden. I have fond memories of "helping" my dad create and tend it. My wife, Jennifer, and I had a small garden maybe two or three times in the eight years we owned a home in...

My Super Power

Once upon a time, one of my teenagers told me, "You're ruining my life!" To which I responded, "Really?! Wow! That's a LOT of power. Maybe that is my superpower. Mom, a.k.a. 'Life-Ruiner.' Maybe I should get a cape and have a t-shirt made." My...

Don't Get on the Bridge

My parents took us to Grandfather Mountain almost 40 years ago, and while I still remember the black bear, the most vivid recollection is of my trek across the mile-high swinging bridge.  (For those of you unfamiliar with the bridge, it was built...

Lessons from the Farm

You want to do what?

That was my reaction when my husband said he wanted to start a farm and raise pigs. Keep in mind, this conversation took place when we were both working full-time jobs and raising two active little boys. I wasn’t sure how he...

We Interrupt This Program

“What are you giving up for Lent?” Last year our first-grader resolutely said, “Water." He had gathered that giving up something during Lent would be most meaningful if it was something he needed to have every day. We explained it wasn’t...

I Hope I Made a Difference

I am tired.
 
I mean, like tired in my bones tired.
 
I feel like I have been juggling since March and every week another ball is added to my trick. Work, school, homeschool, remote school, in-person school, side jobs, masks,...

The Most Powerful Prayer

I am riding in the car with one of my teenagers. I ask a question. The response is swift, snarky and hurtful. My defenses are rallied. Words like soldiers line up in my mind ready to be deployed. I am right. My teen is wrong. . . and...

Relationships: Made In God's Image

Before the story we all know and love, the one that starts out “In the beginning…”—even before anything was created—there was God. And from eternity past, God has existed in relationship with himself: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.