Life

the next big thing

Several years ago, when I was about 24-ish, my youngest brother, who was 12-ish, asked me when I was going to grow up, get married, and have kids. I quickly responded with, “I am a grown-up, thank you very much,” to which he said that you have to be married and have kids to be …

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CTX 2010-2011 Student Handbook

            Concordia University Texas is a private college located in Austin, Texas. The Student Handbook is given to all students and provides both information and policies. (Click the link to see a PDF of the handbook.) My Responsibilities: I worked with Concordia’s Vice Provost to gather content and organize it …

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thESource Unplugged

        thESource Unplugged is a print edition of www.youthESource.com. It is printed once a year in the summer and is a compilation of articles published online throughout the previous year, as well as previously unpublished articles. It is meant as both a resource for youth workers and a promotional tool for the …

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thESource

          thESource (www.youthESource.com) is a publication of the Youth Ministry Office of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod that provides free resources for anyone who works with youth in churches, schools, communities, and more. It consistently gets very positive comments from users. My Responsibilities: I have been the editor and publisher of thESource …

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Family

The Beginning of the End

I am pregnant with my first child. How’s that for a beginning? As the baby grows (and with it my belly) and moves (it’s a squirmy little thing), I can’t help being consumed with the thought that I am going to be a mom. It’s something I’ve always wanted, but now that we’re down to …

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Books

Summer 2011 Vacation Reading List

For those who ask me what I’m reading in the hopes of finding something to read themselves, here is my vacation reading list for the next week… The theme: Books I Own That I Haven’t Read Yet The sub-theme: Mostly Books Purchased At/In Preparation For the 2010 Festival of Faith and Writing That I Haven’t …

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Writing

Creation Takes Trust

When people ask what I do and I tell them I’m a writer and an editor, they usually get this glazed look in their eyes as they say, “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone of voice which simultaneously suggests an inability to come up with any other response as well as a sense of wonderment …

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Family

My Baby is a Monster

About a week or two after finding out that I’m going to have a baby, I had these dreams…. There were four of them, and they were the most vivid dreams I have ever had. Only one of them did not involve babies. That one was awful. I’m surprised I didn’t wake up screaming, because …

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Books

Book Review: Dragons of the Valley

Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul WaterBrook Press On the Outside: I like the cover. The reds and oranges draw the eye, and then…there are dragons, and a girl with a sword. What lover of fantasy stories can resist dragons and girls with swords? It was the back cover copy, however that made …

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