Stressed and Busy: Is It Your Badge of Importance?

Do you wear your stress as a badge of honor? Prefacing everything with "I know you're busy...but...?" What about random judgments about how much or little other people must be stressed? Guilty of jumping to conclusions? This article takes a thoughtful look at being busy and being stressed. ...more

Why the Olympics are Important

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He knows...and you are important

My nephew and his wife gave me a movie {The Help} for Christmas. They told me to watch it when I was prepared to cry. So I did. And I did {cry, that is}. But my favorite part was when the lil' girl's housekeeper, Aibileen, tells her, 'You is sma-a-art. You is ki-i-i-ind. You is important.'...more

Giving Thanks, Literally

It is the season when we most remember to ‘Give Thanks’ and when that involves the giving and receiving of gifts, sometimes kids (as well as many adults) can use a little help or inspiration to do just that.  Writing thank you notes in appreciation for a gift or other kindness, is an important skill for kids to learn but sometimes it can be difficult to know just what to say or how to say it.   ...more

Working your options

Never for one second think that many of the professors, staff, faculty or professional people you are encountering in your college career will not be able to help you find a job when you are nearing graduation. I forgot who gave me this brilliant piece of advice, but I want to pass it along: "Always, always be networking." Fortunately, I listened to this advice since I was a freshman in college and it has already helped me get my foot in a few doors....more

Organizing Your To-Do List

Overwhelmed by all you need to do? Write it down! Make a list of everything you need to do. Next, assign a day to each task. Those things that are most important and urgent should be assigned to an earlier day. Beside those items you will do on Monday, write an M. Put a T beside the things you will do on Tuesday, and so on. Then, look at the items you have on your list for today. Prioritize them by putting a 1 beside the most important and urgent item on the list, 2 on the next, etc. ...more

Discrimination Against Caregivers at Work

On May 23, 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines regarding discrimination against workers who are caregivers. The EEOC made clear that it is not creating a new protected category but rather providing guidance to employers and others that stereotyping or other forms of disparate treatment against workers who provide “caregiving” may violate various federal laws. ...more

We're going to Nicaragua - Help us Revolutionize a Nation

Right now, Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. It's a third world country, complete with shacks made out of trash and little-to-no infrastructure. So why would we relocate our family of four to a place like this? The short answer is to build a school in New Jerusalem, but it is so much more than that. So here's the vision... Take a child who is about 4 years old and put him in a Christian preschool. ...more

How to Put Out Life’s Fires – Part II

(This is the second in a three-part series on how to reclaim your time and truly enjoy motherhood.) ...more

How to Put Out Life’s Fires – Part I

(This is the first in a three-part series on how to reclaim your time and truly enjoy motherhood.) ...more