5 Ways to Get Through Hard Days

While Filipe and I are on sabbatical I’m revisiting the archives (and adding a little present day commentary along the way). This week we are spending some time enjoying our own city together- ya know the things you don’t do when life is going, going, going. I wrote this post in 2015, five months after we brought our two boys home from Brazil. I’m so glad I didn’t know then how hard this road would be. I don’t think my heart could have handled it. As much as we want to know what’s ahead for…

Going Public Revisited: Why We Chose the Public School Path

As Filipe and I take some time off for sabbatical, I’m re-visiting the archives (and including some present day commentary along the way…and maybe fixing a few grammatical errors too. Grin.) This week we at staying at a Christian camp center where meals and activities are provided and scheduled (Mom gets a break from acting camp counselor at home) and we hear some teaching from local pastors. I originally wrote this post in 2011. When I wrote it, we were registering our firstborn for kindergarten. Six years later we now have five kids going back to…

Three Ways to Cure Boredom this Summer

It’s been one week. One week since I tapped in and my kid’s teachers tapped out for the summer. One week of later nights, longer mornings, and playdates. So far we’ve only had a few mentions of the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase, and the kid that it came from could very well be in the middle of Disneyland and still claim they are bored. Boredom is a mindset. I look back on my childhood and how I endured the long weeks between summer vacation and the start of school claiming to be bored. I couldn’t figure…

Parenting through the Middle Years

It was around 4pm on a typical Wednesday afternoon. Efraim, my 6 year old, pulls up a chair next to me at my desk and starts working on his homework. While he’s working on number bonds and 4+2=6, I’m searching Pinterest for “chicken pasta” recipes. About 5 minutes into it he asks, “Mom, do you know what sex is?” My eyes shifts from the computer screen to his mischievous-looking eyes like he knew he said a trigger word. I say something like, “Oh, are you talking about someone’s gender- whether someone is a boy or girl?” Efraim: (Looking puzzled as…