Hanover High School

Hanover High School was a great success! We had a great day supporting Valentina and Knight Scene! They won grand championship! After her competition, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday at Tang and Biscuit in Richmond. A sweet day of memories. I was deeply touched by the families who came out to socialize and play. Little…

Koste Classic Manchester

I remember Pete Koste during my school social work days in CCPS. He was a principal that believed in the power of building relationships with students. The times I spent there supporting students and staff during critical incidents flooded my mind as we sat in the auditorium to watch another show choir event. May we…

More Joy

My last post on creating space for joy has made me ever aware of the opportunities to experience joy. The other morning I was listening to “House of the Lord” by Phil Wickham. I’ve shared the video below, and I am listening to this song again as I write! This is one of my favorite…

Way to go Aaron Donald!

Good morning! That’s what time it is for me as I write and feel the cool air and the birds singing. I have been wanting to write this post since Super Bowl Sunday. My husband and I typically do something else on this day. We will go to a museum, out to eat, or watch…

The most love

Counting our blessings and practicing gratitude can give rise to joy and connection. We all have seen the benefits of a pause and noticing. We journal, pray, and offer thanks. In the morning, I listen to the Pray as you go app. On January 29, the question was asked, “Ask God to show you a…

Christmas 2021

Amidst the noise and happenings, snapshots, a single moment with depths of love and familiarity. I can only imagine that the overwhelming expression of moments are a gift from God. A God pause. This season I saw little hands helping and the innocence of children who love without questioninging. Extended family and friends gathered to…

Up to date and highly satisfactory

My Aunt Polly’s birthday was December 7th. I would have to ask my mom how old she would have been, but I’m guessing 89 years old. She loved to sing and create programs that brought joy and laughter. In fact, over 30 years ago, she talked me and my boyfriend at the time to help…

Co-regulation and Connection

Attending the Advancing School Mental Health Conference, I was reminded of the importance of co-regulation.We teach our children how to self-regulate through co-regulation. When we provide connection, warmth, a safe environment, and consistent teaching, our children will learn over time how to self-regulate in a positive way. This dance is timeless. As we grow older,…

Wind Beneath My Wings

As I’ve grown older and moved through so many transitions and phases of motherhood, I’m reflective and fascinated by the role of a mother in a child’s life. There are traditions, cultural responses, and generational patterns that cultivate and define motherhood that is unique to each family; yet, I do believe that some aspects transcend…

Productive Contribution

How would you define “productive contribution”? Seth Godin, in his book, The Practice, shares the following: Most of all, he shows you what it takes to turn your passion from a private distraction to a productive contribution, the one you’ve been seeking to share all along. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn to…