Chalk and Criticism.

Parents, let's not mistake critical peer criticism for bullying. This morning my kids were coloring on their new chalk wall. They decided to collaborate and make a seascape. They divided the wall up into three sections so they each had their own place. I watched them collaborate, share ideas, encourage one and other and share … Continue reading Chalk and Criticism.

Oh My Heart.

I promised many of you that I would update you after this morning's Cardiology appointment. Not so great news first: I do really have Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation as well as Tachycardia. (Sometimes people can get heart flutters from things like drinking too much coffee and it's not really A-Fib.) I had an echo cardiogram today … Continue reading Oh My Heart.

This is not my home.

This isn’t my childhood home. Some people are used to moving and while we did when I was young, I spent 27 years with my parents in one house. We built it. My brother was on the construction team. I watched it grow from a hill to a home. I remember the day my parents … Continue reading This is not my home.

Weird Writer Wears Wedding Dress.

I am weird. I connect deeply with weird characters. The quote underneath my name on my Facebook profile is currently, “I’m the village crazy lady. That’s my job.” – Gramma Tala, Moana. I love comedy because comedians get to do weird stuff and no one judges them. They do it, and people laugh. But if … Continue reading Weird Writer Wears Wedding Dress.

Ch-Ch-Ch-CHHHAANNNGESSS.. and Dinosaurs.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what comes next after you've started healing. I use the word started because as addicts and those who struggle with mental illness know, the struggle is lifelong. We never completely surrender to healing or health. Even when we’ve been sober for 20 years… or mentally stable for 30… … Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-CHHHAANNNGESSS.. and Dinosaurs.

New Year. Who Dis?

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about how my personhood is in a state of finding rest. Not 30 - 45 minutes after I posted that particular post, I received an e-mail announcing the release of this devotional by one of my favorite writers. I quite literally laughed out loud. Well. It was more … Continue reading New Year. Who Dis?

Andrea goes on an Arduous Journey.

There are some years we can look back on and count our blessings easily. We can give the past year a big hug and thank it for it's kindness. No years are perfect, but some come with marriages, babies, graduations, new love, new homes, new friends, new adventures, peace, joy, and fulfillment. Other years we … Continue reading Andrea goes on an Arduous Journey.