Posted in Books, Thinking out loud

Four Books You Should Read With Me

During my sabbatical/limited retirement time, I have been able to spend a great deal of time reading. I usually have 3-5 books going at a time based on my current interests, challenges or needs for escape. Ironically, all the books I am currently engaged with seem to deal with motivation. The motivation of ourselves, our children, students, fellow church members or employees. I thought I would share them here for you to peruse yourself. Don’t wait to finish the books to tell me what you think. Comment below!

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Hilburn and I have been reading through this book together and meeting semi-regularly to wrestle through how to apply these principles of motivation to The Sparrow’s Nest. I have to admit I thought we would be through this one and on to the next one by now. So far, Daniel is creating more incredible questions than answers but I think I can speak for both of us, we are loving the intellectual challenge of this research. My biggest take home so far is how much of our society, schools, parenting, the legal world, workplaces, and churches really operate from extrinsic motivational techniques. This perspective is really shaping what I think about true behavioral change.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For A Simpler More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

This is a second time read through for me. Even with the second time around, I am really being challenged to really peel back why I say yes to the things I am saying yes to.  It’s a little embarrassing but Shauna through her own experiences has revealed in my lift how most of the things I agree to are to maintain an appearance or persona. I thought I had evolved in my maturity not to rely on the opinions of others to motivate me but I truly feel God is using this book again to show that is anything but the truth in my heart. I appreciate the opportunity to read it again through a slighter slower pace of life I am trying to create for myself and my family now than when I read it earlier this year when I was frantically trying to make every puzzle piece and everyone else’s puzzle piece of life fit into my life.

Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals by Cassandra O’Neill and Monica Brinkerhoff

I am just a few pages into this one and almost every paragraph is highlighted! This concept of Collective Leadership is a new term for me. But again, it makes so much more sense than how we traditionally view leadership. The basic premise follows some assumptions I hold to be true. Simple things like Organizations should be viewed as systems rather than a machine and Leadership occurs most efficiently and effectively when it is assumed it occurs in connected, shared networks rather in a hierarchal pyramid where all decisions are made from the top down. I’m excited to see how these elements intersect with education and especially early childhood and early intervention.

10 Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport

In this stage of life, I am on the constant hunt for simplicity, peace, cleanliness, and less clutter in all aspects of life. I came out of this summer desperate for the goals and desires I had in my life to come to fruition without any further complication. I needed to apply this concept of de-cluttering to my spiritual heart, physical body, workspace, emotional well being, and living environment. I am a checklist girl. I am loving how this book really does keep the tasks to 10 minutes to declutter every part of your house. I really like how realistic they are that some room will require multiple 10-minute intervals but they give easy tips for not getting overwhelmed, staying on task, and returning our homes to places of solitude and rest. I purposely bought the Kindle version of this book, so as to not, you know, add any more clutter. 🙂

Let me know which one of these you pick up and continue the conversation below. I would love to know what you learn from any of these books.

Posted in Thinking out loud

3 Of the lovliest words

What if we…

I love these words when structured together. Simply…

What- creates a flexible framework for finding information. This translates to exciting exploration and ingenuity. Is there improvement? Is there history to learn from?

If– causes creative possibilities, accepted opinions, looking for new occasions or new conditions, but also inventing the contingency plan

We– this is the best part. This requires collaboration, a sense of benevolence and kindness, of how can we improve the world together.

Three little words filled with loveliness. How do you fill in the blank at the end? What are you wondering about for improving our world together to create peace and hope?

Health? Families? Transportation? Education? Technology? Music? Coffee? Travel? Language? Gadgets? Housing? Church? Leadership? Communications?

What if we…_____________________________.

Photo by Yousef Al Nasser on Unsplashchanging light pic

Posted in Thinking out loud

Three Practical Pieces of Advice of Why You Really Do Need to Go To That Networking Event Today

No one really believes me but I truly am an introvert. I find humans incredibly frustrating and exhausting. And unpredictable. Which reminds me of grasshoppers which I REALLY dislike but that is a story for another day.

I prefer the company of one or two people. Not in a crowd where I have to shout to be heard. Social anxiety can come into play of what to wear, what to say, what not to say, and how not to be horribly awkward or nerdy. How not to spit on someone.

In networking events, I typically plop myself down at a table and hope people will come to me or “work” the periphery of the room.Now that I am primarily working from home looking for my next adventure I find it terribly easy to write down those social events and networking events on my calendar. However, actually going to those events is not always reality. I might have to shower, or stop piddling over the green beans in the crockpot, or put down my book to go be apart of humanity.

Today I have two events that I started to talk myself out of but just in the last few minutes decided I would go and be a contributing member of the fraternity of humans. If you also find yourself hesitating to put yourself out there here are three practical pieces of advice on why you really do need to go to that networking event today.

  1. It’s Not About You: I know this completely throws us introverts for a loop. We actually don’t want to be needed by someone. Because that someone will tell another someone what you did and they will want that they same thing. Which will require more interaction, communication, and energy we just may not want to give up. Regardless, someone actually needs you. Someone is more anxious than you, more uncomfortable, more unprepared to succeed. They need your encouragement, expertise, and mentoring. What comes around goes around my friend. Turns out humans need all kinds of humans to make the world go round.
  2. We Have Too Many Walls: Do you know your neighbor? Do you know the person that works across Starbucks from you every Wednesday morning? The person you sat next to in church for the past three years, do you know their name? Do you have a go-to person to help in times of need or question? Many of our social pains come from having siloed ourselves off from one another in the name of safety and fear. This will accomplish the exact opposite. We need to start tearing down those social walls and really get to know each other beyond the superficial. It can feel like speed dating at times but those community social events, those never-ending networking events do serve a purpose in keeping our compassion and our empathy alive.
  3. Innovation Doesn’t Come From A Party of One: Before you start to interrupt I wholeheartedly agree that innovation comes from within. It spurs from our own hearts of passion, souls of injustice, and obsessions with improvement. Whether it is in the workplace, the church office, or the community at large innovation is largely wasted because it is not communicated near often enough. You need to go to these events to meet like-minded folks. You need their energy and they need your insight. Many more things in this world can be improved upon if we begin to structure our social conversations around how to improve our world rather than what is wrong with it.


Photo by Mag Pole 

Posted in Thinking out loud

Do you have the guts to play for blood?

It’s one of my all-time favorite movie lines. The cruelest, bat-crazy, bad guy looks like he’s about to win again. But Doc Holiday slides in all cool like and they have the best short dialogue EVER!

Wretched slugs, don’t any of you
Have the guts to play for blood?
I’m your huckleberry.
Ringo turns. Doc stands there, smiling that Cheshire cat smile.

I’m your huckleberry.

You have to let that slide off your tongue all southern like a Nashville wannabe.

And then you need to claim that for yourself today. 

You see Doc Holiday is terminally ill. The gang has been beaten down horribly. He’s walking into a shootout where the likelihood of his survival is slim to none. He should probably ride off into the sunset, find a tree to sit under, curl up and die.

Perhaps, much like you want to.

It’s only Wednesday and I have had too many conversations with people frozen by fear. I have read too many articles about situations where people can’t fight the fear. I can see in too many eyes of people that need to do something small or something great but can do neither because fear is stealing all their energy. Sometimes the fear is very clear and present. But more often than not it is non-truth that we have allowed to become a cruel bat crazy bad guy in our head that is terrorizing our lives.

Just for today call that bad guy out in the open and tell him that you will be his huckleberry. Use it as your response to whatever is threatening you. Write down everything you are fearful of and view it in the daylight for what it is. We will talk later about this.

In the meantime walk with a little more cowboy swagger today. It bolsters the courage.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56: 3-4
Posted in Parenting

Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness

Recently I am being asked more and more to share a talk I have created on building resilience in children. The basic foundation of the workshop is intentionally teaching our children how to forgive. For any children in our lives, we need to actively find ways to eliminate brittle bitterness. Instead, we need to model and teach how forgiveness is actually a way to build resilience rather than weakness.

Forcing our children to say they are sorry is the least effective technique we can utilize. Providing opportunities to instead say “I forgive you” creates an environment of peaceful unification. Resilience creates an environment in which both setbacks and successes are treated as positive learning experiences so our children are not broken by their experiences. When we fail to teach this mindset to children we actually strengthen a spirit of fear and mistrust which weakens their spirits of resolve. We let our children down if we try to protect our children from every possible bad thing that could happen. We also let them down by not preparing them and giving them the tools they need in this life. God has never told us life would be easy. Our hope is in Him, not in what we avoid.

Resilience creates an environment in which both setbacks and successes are treated as positive learning experiences so our children are not broken by their experiences.

Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.

However, the main purpose of teaching forgiveness is the biblical commands presented and modeled to us over and over again by God. Jesus is the reason we can be forgiven and he is the reason we can forgive others. While we don’t want our children to carry an identity of sin and feel a constant need for forgiveness,  we want them to understand that we all make mistakes and because of Jesus, we are forgiven. Share that when we come to him and admit our need for his forgiveness, he responds to us with outstretched arms. Because of Jesus’ example, we know how to respond to others. We love (and forgive) because he first loved (and forgave) us.

Here are three perhaps unusual ways to build resilience in children that can lead to a gentle peaceful heart that is strengthened to weather the storms of this life through forgiveness.

  1. Three Ways: So many times when we are hurt by others or circumstances it can feel like its the worse situation that could have ever arisen. In reality, when we have enough time and space we can gain a new more positive perspective on difficult and devastating situations. Walk your child through three ways this situation could have been worse. Discuss the feelings, what it would like, and then discuss gratitude for the current situation not being the result of these three other ways.
  2. Plastic Funny Shield: Researchers have found again and again that survivors of horrific tragedies share one thing in common. A strong sense of humor. Laughter truly is the best medicine and can provide a shield of defense for everything our children are going to have to endure. Teach your children to look for the silly, the unexpected, and to laugh out loud at any opportunity. Do not disregard the power of teaching your preschoolers tongue twisters, your elementary students non-sensical punch lines, practical jokes, or your tweens and teens to laugh at jokes about the human experience.
  3. Practical Problem Solving: Somehow we have all fallen into the trap that unscheduled time brings pain and horror upon ourselves and our children. How many of us have loaded apps and games onto our devices to protect our children from <gasp>…waiting. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children to build their resilience to anything that comes their way is to make the most of what they have. Bricoleurs are always tinkering—building radios from household effects or fixing their own cars. They make the most of what they have, putting objects to unfamiliar uses. They are incredibly resourceful. Create Tinker Trays, Inventor Boxes, Loose Part Exploration to practically build this sense of resourcefulness into your children’s day to day activities rather than trying to protect them from it. These types of activities teach our children that things don’t always turn out perfectly or the way we think they should but they still have value.

By and large, build resiliency in your children through giving them a better grasp of reality at each stage of life they are in. Build their hearts and minds through humor and laughter. Don’t bubble wrap your kids now thinking they are better off in the long run.

I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.

Joshua 1:9


Posted in Parenting

I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away

I recently had a new tattoo created. It is a protective caim encircling each of my children’s names on arrows. The symbolism is centered around Psalm 127. I want to provide a sanctuary of safety and security for love and acceptance for my children as they grow and develop. However, my ultimate desire is to shoot them off into the world to love.

I love all three of my children fiercely. I am combatively protective of them. The term mama bear was created for me. I am hard on them and bat them around with big old mama bear paws and claws but I am harder on anyone who tries to shut them down or shut them out. They are MY blessings that God specifically gave to ME.

thomas-lefebvre-433However, many times during the week I want to kill them. Ok, ok, not kill them but definitely muzzle them. All three of them are challenging children. All three of them are opinionated, mouthy, confident, intelligent beings. And all three of them can be absolutely exhausting. Too often I allow myself to be dragged into battles of the will that no one is going to come out unscathed. I have one that is wholly logical and frequently asks me why I “choose to escalate situations and responses.” I have another that will cite evidence that the sky is not blue. I have another that will choose the no response/cold shoulder retort. He can stand resolutely with a deer in headlight demeanor that is actually pretty awe-inspiring. What should be simple conversations like “do you want mayo or mustard” can turn into ridiculous, broken down conversations leaving me exasperated and them at the very least confused.

Remember the bible story of Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness in Genesis 22? I know the story is about her giving up, feeling abandoned and God letting her know that he sees and provides for all of us. None of us go unseen from him. However, notice verse 16. Isn’t it interesting Hagar is sitting a bow shot away from Ismael? It doesn’t say an “a short distance.” “Or a few feet away. “ Is it possible it specifically says a bow shot away because Hagar had had it Ishmael like any of us have on a long, painfully, boring trip with our children? She left him there to die but is it possible she went that far away in case she needed to send an arrow towards that boy as a warning shot? Who knows. Could just be the Gospel According to Carissa interpretation.

Intentional parenting is very important to me. There is a lot that goes into it. I think the biggest component is proactive preparation. Here are three things when I am not in the heat of the moment that I try to keep in mind when communicating with these blockheads I mean, my strong willed sweethearts.

  1. Pray– don’t you dare go into that lion’s den with that lovely spawn without praying over yourself and your children!!! It’s a no brainer if your children are under spiritual warfare or you are having serious conflict and behavior issues. Regardless, be sure to pray for those minor needle pricking battles too. Sometimes my prayers are literally “Lord, please keep me from rolling my eyes and responding as sarcastically as possible.”
  2. Stay on target for the topic at hand-When our kids are driving us crazy it is too easy to start focusing on every infringement, transgression, or seemingly negative character trait. Don’t over correct. Stay away from the nagging rebuke. Try bringing up the issue in a neutral environment, state the issue, ask what behavior and attitudes they have control over that can change, ask what they think an appropriate consequence is and then wrap it up with stating the expected behavior.
  3. Remember their communication style – Understanding how your child communicates and receives communication can support changing behavior. You can go down lots of rabbit holes with this but two questions to ask yourself are does my child start interactions with others or does my child respond when others start an interaction with them? How you approach your child or encourage your child to come to you can set the tone and ultimately the success of your parenting them through negative behaviors and attitudes.

I need to share this full disclaimer. I am not by any stretch of the imagination the perfect parent. In fact, most of this article was written in a hotel room while screeching at my boys something about ingratitude and it “NEEDED TO STOP NOW.”

No prayer.

No staying on target.

No thoughts to their individual communication style.

However, there is a plan for moving towards more positive behavior from all of us. Let me know your plans for your kids!


Photo by Thomas Lefebvre

Posted in Conversations with God

əˈbīd: Conversations with God

  1. accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).
    “I said I would abide by their decision”
    synonyms: comply with, obeyobservefollow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, upholdheedaccept, go along with, acknowledgerespect, defer to

    “he expected everybody to abide by the rules”
    2. informal
    be unable to tolerate (someone or something).
    “if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline”
    synonyms: toleratebearstand, put up with, enduretakecountenanceMore

    Hey God, why do you keep throwing this word “abide” at me?

    Hey Love, why do think? 

    Well played, like I didn’t see that coming Lord.

    Hey, you act like you don’t look for my sense of humor and sarcasm. 

    Ok, ok, but when I look it up it doesn’t sound like a positive thing, It looks like a hand slap.

    Do you need a hand slap?

    Probably, but that’s just not usually how you teach me.

    So what does that tell you if something is out of character for the person you know and trust me to be?

    That’s it probably not from you or in the correct spiritual framework you want me to learn something.

    So… you know what I am going to say next. 

    What, moi?? Who am I to know the mind of the Most Divine?? Where was I when you laid the very foundations of the Earth.

    Cute, very cute Figgins. Did you just try to Jesus Juke me? Let’s try this again. If something checks your spirit and you are unclear that it is from me or in the correct spiritual framework of what I need you to know, what should you do. 

    (mumbles something incoherently but resembles something of the phrase “Go to your word)

    I’m sorry, did you just go 12 Year Old Boy on me? Where did that come from? Do I need to remind you I’m not slapping your hand? Try that again love. 

    Go to your Word.

    Atta girl! Now here’s a starting point for you. Try reading John 15. And from the tone of your spirit try starting with the Message today. 

    You know I can see you rolling your eyes right? 

    Ok, God, so I read John 15. This is what I got. You tell me if I’m hearing this right. You want me to stay with you so I can grow. You want to me to remain with you because there really isn’t anything that can thrive and grow by itself. You want me to stay close to you so the things I need you can provide. You want me to basically hang out in your love so I can have joy. You want me to stay with you so you can give me everything good thing. You want me to remain in you because you chose me to remain with you. Is that about right?

    Yeah Love, but the biggest thing I think you need to hear from me today is I want you to hangout in my love to have joy. You can’t manufacture love, or get it from anyone or anywhere else like what I have for you. You know you are in a holding pattern right now for rest and healing. But I don’t want you to confuse that as if I have you suspended in air yanked around by the jet stream with no purpose. Remaining in me allows you to feel protected and guarded against the Enemy who does not want you to feel worthy of love. Remaining in me gives you an identity and purpose like none other. Remaining in me replaces those feelings of loneliness and feeling adrift.

    I got choo babe. 

    I need to process this a bit more.

    Go ahead. It’s how I made you. But just don’t reason yourself out of it. 

    devil_jameson-rage-223065Photo by Devil_Jameson RAGE on Unsplash

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A Place At The Table

I was flipping through pictures on my phone and came across this one taken at The Sparrow’s Nest a few weeks ago just before dinner time. IMG_3937

It reminded me of the Sidewalk Prophets song “Come To The Table.” The people seated at this table change sometimes almost daily but the invitation is still the same.

Find your place at the table. Find a place to belong.

Find  rest, nourishment, acceptance, and grace.

And that’s just a sampling of what is offered from our human abilities.

There is an invitation to take a place at the Lord’s table to find their true worth, to see they are worth it.  To find they are His Beloved.


A Poet To His Beloved

I BRING you with reverent hands
The books of my numberless dreams,
White woman that passion has worn
As the tide wears the dove-grey sands,
And with heart more old than the horn
That is brimmed from the pale fire of time:
White woman with numberless dreams,
I bring you my passionate rhyme. -William Butler Yeats


Posted in Kids, Parenting

One lie we cannot afford to keep selling to our children and 10 scriptures to help them break through

I am going to say it.

I may not have had to walk uphills both ways in the snow wearing one shoe while chewing on cornstalk for daily nutrition but I do think there is something unique about my upbringing that is lacking today.

I wasn’t allowed to quit. To be called a quitter was fightin’ words. You finished what you started. Even if it was ugly and duct taped together. Even if you didn’t like it, or it didn’t fulfill, or didn’t meet your assumptions. Whatever I had committed to do or had been committed to on my behalf, there was an expectation that some good would come of it, even if I didn’t particularly care for the assignment, project, team, or goal. It would primarily build character.

There is a fallacy we have chosen to believe that if something is too hard or has too many obstacles then it must not be in God’s will for us or our families. The reality is God’s word gives us every indication that the opposite is true. We have Old Testament proof of Job’s perseverance through extreme hardship. We have Jeremiah persevering through mistreatment from his own people doing exactly what God told him to do. Throughout the New Testament we see the example of Paul pushing through every imaginable challenge to achieve what he needed to in this life to honor and glorify God. If he relied on his earthly understanding and human ability I think he may have quit after the first stoning or maybe the first imprisonment.  I don’t know about you but I have never been stoned or imprisoned. The Bible shows us perseverance and endurance are proof of our faith and spiritual maturity. We are not an exception to the rule.

God still expects the same obedience from us today. I believe He also expects us to teach this to our children and have this as our expectation. We need to step up to the plate and teach our children that circumstances can change with hard work. We need to teach them to keep fighting through even when the odds are stacked against them. We need to expect for them to fail and make mistakes and then to learn from those challenging and disappointing circumstances. We are doing our children a disservice trying to protect them from sadness, boredom, and displeasure. We need to be our kids biggest cheerleaders but not allow them to back down when things get really tough.

I found a few scripture to equip you and for you to teach your children that hard times are just a part of living on this earth. But these scriptures also show us that God never expected us to endure and persevere alone. We need to be in community and in communion with Him to Stand Firm.

  1. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
  2. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
  3. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:6
  4. being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossians 1:11
  5. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11
  6. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  7. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 2 Corinthians 6:4
  8. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Psalm 20:8
  9. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
  10. You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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Posted in Kids, Thinking out loud

A few ways I am not going to be “that mom” this school year

As a former educator I should be my children’s teacher’s favorite parent. I should be the one to know about assignments before they happen, keep track of the teacher’s birthday, turn in permission slips on time and without jelly or coffee stains on them. But alas, I am every teacher’s not exactly nightmare, but just “that mom.” When they see my name I truly think they must roll their eyes, sigh audibly, and whisper “God love her.”

I am “that mom” that never quite has the calendar set, forgets about spirit days, doesn’t sign up in time to go on field trips, is usually running up a textbook or lunchbox that was left in my car, and is frantically searching for the lunch menu, assignment email, or sheepishly texting other moms at the last minute with those questions that make them wonder how God ever thought I could handle three children much less one.

I can’t promise that this year I will ever be the Pinterest mom who has it all together but I have made a few goal/resolutions/promises to hopefully help this school year go a little smoother.

  1. Schedules SchMEDjules. All three kids are at different school on different schedules. Our oldest will be a  freshman at Belmont University in Nashville. Middle Son is a sophomore at Francis Howell High, and Youngest Son is a 5th grader at Zion Lutheran. This year above any other year is going to be tricky keeping track of who needs to be where when. I have actually already recorded each of their school schedules on our shared family google calendar as well as written it down in my planner. I blocked out days on my work calendar where I am not available for travel to avoid being the mom that keeps missing important games and concerts. I DID THIS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED FOR ANY OF THEM. Gold stars for sure.

2. We will have a homework station in the dining room. Try as I might none of my kids have really liked being confined to our office or their rooms to do homework or projects. To avoid the headache of papers being everywhere, needing that protractor one measly assignment I am setting up a homework station in our dining room where the work gets done anyway. Because we are family of Messies the station will not only have the usual graph paper, highlighters, notebook cards, red pens, but a small bottle of glass cleaner and paper towels to avoid the inevitable honey and jelly on a traditional Figgins’ Kid Homework.

3. Laundry Demons Be Gone. Emma will be on her own in managing laundry and clothes while at college. Sam is very neat and orderly when it comes to his laundry and knowing what clothes he needs when. Alex… well Alex doesn’t exactly value clean underwear everyday. I have the habit of disappearing into my closet on Sunday nights to pick out my outfits for the entire week. Alex is going to do the same. He attends private school so we have the sanity of a daily uniform but it still is a stupid mad dash almost everyday to find two sock and clean underwear. I bought Alex a hanging closet that has six compartment so he can load up each day of the week with a complete school uniform, sock, undies and any special clothing he needs on Sunday as well.

4. Our favorite subjects: Lunch And Recess. We are pretty big on nutrition and healthy eating and pretty low on school lunches. Because we all value sleep as well I have added to our shared family calendar nightly reminders to pack up lunches so we don’t have to get up early and rifle through the frig and pantry. Our Sunday discipline will now also include pre-packaging our veggies and fruits so those are easy to pull out too.


So there you have it. Not world changing but just a part of my identity I am tired of carrying around. What’s one way you are changing how you approach this school year? joe-shillington-240205

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