A few weeks ago I was driving from Steubenville, Ohio to Niagara Falls, New York for the last time. I always liked to take the back roads because they're prettier, more interesting, and it's on the back roads where you're more likely to pass Amish buggies and Dairy Queens. On one of the back roads … Continue reading End of Summer Travel
Five years ago yesterday I moved to the Dominican Republic. It was four days after ending my first summer with YouthWorks. Wendy and Jenn - women that at the time I had never met but who have become extremely important to me over the past five years - picked me and my two suitcases (just … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Dominican Republic!
Yesterday I was in Target and, as one does, I took a stroll through the clearance section at the front of the store. I thought, "I should see if there's anything that would be good for my classroom." Then I thought, "Holy smokes! In two months I'm going to have a classroom again!" This past … Continue reading The Desires of My Heart
We all have something to offer. Everyone knows something you don't know. You have something to learn and receive from every single person you meet. Don't miss that. Pretend that the words you say about someone directly influence their actions. If you speak negatively about someone, especially behind their back, you will be looking for … Continue reading Note to Self 6
My favorite thing about YouthWorks is that it throws together four or five individuals who might never in any other context find themselves spending significant time together. YouthWorks takes these four or five individuals and tosses them in a mini van to drive to a place they've probably never been before to live and work … Continue reading Not *That* Kind of Diversity
I'm at a YouthWorks training this week. People from all over the place are going to work together this summer. We come from different states and regions. It turns out people in the South handle conflict differently than people in the East. And this is important! And it helps us grow. I am so grateful … Continue reading Vast and Amazing and Unimaginably Ginormous
A couple of months ago we made Prayer Jars at Bible Study. We decorated the outsides and filled them up with little pieces of paper. On the pieces of paper are the names of people we want to pray for. Every day - well, most days - I pull out a little piece of paper … Continue reading A Prayer for Donald Trump