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Why We All Need To Care About Thigh, really....

At least three or four times a day, I see some story float by my news feed about thigh gaps. There is usually some extreme close-up shot of some young woman connected to a story about how their thighs are to be celebrated as an achievement in thinness, are supposedly desired by women of all ages, are this goal that we are all striving for, starving for.I shake my head every single time.I shake my head because I have daughters rapidly approaching the age where social media is going to impact their lives. The last thing I want to have them see floating by on their news feeds someday is a false proclamation that their beauty, their desirability, their worth, their value can be measured in the space between their thighs.In all likelihood, this thigh gap thing will have faded by then and we'll be on to the next false measure of beauty being thrown at us from all angles.As an adult, even as one who has struggled with anorexia in the past and whose mind can still drift that way when things spin out of control in my life, I am mostly able to ignore all the noise ....more


I have no idea if this story will play out as well in print as it did in real life, but I'm gonna give it my best shot!But first, a couple of backstories:Backstory #1: You know the whole "I love you/I love you more" game we play with our kids? Well, one day I told them I could prove it that parents love their kids more than their kids love their parents. I said, "Parents never leave their kids, but kids grow up and leave their parents ....more

Roly Poly

Ford is to the age where it is almost impossible to change his diaper in under a minute because I spent 75% of the time trying to get him to stay in one place. I've stopped changing him on his changing table because I can turn my back for half a second and he is popped up on his tummy. Cue mama heart attack ....more

Turn Your Clutter into Cold Hard CASH!

Are you holding on to really old appliances, outdated electronics, ancient gadgets (think 1999 PalmPilot) or maybe even old useless printer cartridges or even old used car batteries? Well then today is your lucky day! Thanks to a few unique website businesses and in-store programs, you can now recycle all that old clutter and make some extra money in the process....more

Winning Favor

Today I remember that I'm not fighting to win God's favor.I already have it in full.I'm approved of, well-liked, and blessed because I've received the righteousness of Christ. God's attitude towards me is one of glorious favor.In Psalm 90:17, the writer asks, "May the favor of the Lord rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us." I read also in Psalm 84 that "The Lord is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." God bestows his favor and lets it rest on us because in Romans 3:22 we learn that a "righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ." We're blameless and pure, worthy of favor and blessing because of this gift--not by anything we do or don't do.We don't win it, work for it, beg, or bargain. We have it, and today we believe and receive it.I wonder how a day goes when we experience the reality of God's favor in our lives ....more

My Slightly Broken Heart Part 1

I’ll begin this post with the end of the story. I did not have open-heart surgery. However, I’m ...more

4 Ways to Use Twitter to Connect at Educational Conferences

Until three years ago I knew nothing about Twitter. I kept hearing about it from my students. I reluctantly signed up for a Twitter according to the directions and for months it sat there ....more

It is your birthday.

Well. I turned 30. And I felt so depressed about it! ...more

Isn’t it ironic

I got this email sent to my work Twitter account this morning: ...more

Danger stranger

Last week while in a pretty safe place with my kids Ty asked me if he could go in the men's bathroom even though it was a big place. He knows I'm fine with him going on his own for the most part since he's not a baby anymore but he also knows to ask in case there's a family one or I'm just dead-set against him going without an adult. I'm a little worried sometimes but I've learned to trust my instincts ....more