My daughter rushed in the door exclaiming, “Mom, we have to buy these little chicken pot pies that Aunt Rachel has.”
“Honey, I love chicken pot pie, but we can just make some of these nights.”
“No, Mom, it’s not the same. These are quick and easy. You know how much I love pot pie and I can just make them whenever I want. They’ll even fit in the toaster oven.”
The ensuing conversation had me chuckling, especially since I am posting 31 days of Soups and Casseroles for the next few monts over at my 10 Minute Dinners site.
I can remember the specific day.
Enrolled in my first year of college as a Mass Communications major, (yes, I was going to be the Today Show’s next female anchor woman), I had an epiphany. Sitting under the tutelage of our university’s president, during a once in a lifetime class,, he began sharing about his history working with Junior and Senior High Students. He called it “Youth Ministry” and the stories he told of lives changed profoundly impacted me. I knew then that direction was what I wanted to do. I desired to impact future generations.
While the lure of TV lingered, especially since I knew my skill set was made for that very career, I just couldn’t shake my true calling. I just hadn’t known what it was before I took this class, but this opportunity made that known.
My life’s work changed that day and the course of my college took a new direction.
The experience of advanced learning and education, whether through sitting in a classroom setting, diving into books regularly or furthering your love of learning online, makes a difference.
Last month, I shared 5 Ways to Save and Pay for College. Since we will have four kids in college over the next five years, this is a conversation I entertain frequently. Our oldest two sons are in brick and mortar schools right now, but our eldest went through a series of twists and turns to get where he is. [Read More...]
Dear sweet friends:
I have a reminder for you today.
If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep breath, slow down, and just put one foot in front of the other.
We are in this together; this swirling turn of motherhood, of work, of nurturing, of launching, of empowering, of overwhelmed living.
Beauty is found in the simple moments; joy found in the embracing of the hour, of taking one day at a time, even when an entire week attacks at once.
So when I wake to a sink full of dirty dishes piled from the day before, even when I’ve committed to clearing the sink daily for my Clutter Countdown series, there’s grace and perspective. [Read More...]