The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment



27 Things To Do Before Turning 27

Today is the day.  I am 27.  I still remember jamming out to Taylor Swift’s “22” over and over again the night before my 23rd birthday LITERALLY like it was yesterday….WHERE did those years go?

So, I guess I can’t ignore the fact that I’m *really* an adult now. Especially since, you know, I’m married and have a job.  I’m pretty sure that’s #adulting, although since I spend my time at work around teenagers, I still feel pretty young (and maybe even a little bit immature 😂)

But anyway, at 27 I’m closer to 30 than to 20, and that really makes a person think.  I was curious what other bloggers have written about the age of 27, and a cursory google search yielded a few interesting results, which I’ll link to at the end.  The one that stood out to me though, was a list of 27 things that you should do before you turn 27.  I thought I’d share here how I measured up.  Continue reading “27 Things To Do Before Turning 27”


Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?

 Just FYI, Hamilton is always relevant… 😉


So, I wrote a blog post about my April reading, and somehow it accidentally got deleted (or I accidentally deleted it..) In it, I mentioned my current love for all things Hamilton.  If you weren’t aware, there’s a Broadway musical called Hamilton about Alexander Hamilton: it’s got hip-hop, rap, and decades worth of history, and it’s taking the world by storm.

That’s not the point of this post though. That’s just some background information.

Anyway, last week I was listening to “Farmer Refuted” from the Hamilton Musical soundtrack, and one stray lyric really stood out to me, and it stuck with me all last week, and has continued to nag me this week..

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive”

Continue reading “Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?”

I’ll Love You Forever – A Mother’s Day Surprise

I know it’s a little late to be talking about Mother’s Day, but I got my mother her gift late to begin with. In my defense, I was able to give her her gift–which was a dual Mother’s Day/birthday gift–ON her birthday, which was only a week after Mother’s Day.  Since we live in different states and I was able to give her the gift in person, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, thank you very much ;).  And now, a little later than that, I’d like to share it with you here.

ill love you forever book coverOne of the children’s books I remember most distinctly growing up is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  It’s a beautiful story of a mother’s love for her child throughout all the stages of life: all difficult but all with their own sorts of blessings. But it is also the story of a child’s love for his mother, and devotion to her during another difficult stage of life. It’s a beautiful story that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike. It’s also a hugely popular book; I’m sure many of you also have a connection to this book as well.

This book sticks with me not only because my mother read this to me on innumerable occasions, but because she also developed her own tune to the constant refrain of the mother from the book, and it became a lullaby that was part of my nightly bedtime routine.

I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

As long as I’m living,

My baby you’ll be

SO, when I saw that a friend of mine was selling prints of those words to give as Mother’s Day gifts, I knew I had to get one for my mom for her birthday/belated Mother’s Day. It’s something special between the two of us that I knew she would appreciate.

watercolor I'll love you forever 2

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Fellowship Conference Recap

This past weekend my husband and I (along with two friends in the car with us, and a pretty significant amount of our church family traveling separately) attended the Fellowship Conference in Denton, TX.

Fellowship Conference is a huge deal in our circle.  This year, you pretty much had to register within the first few days (maybe even hours!) of registration opening if you wanted to get accommodations on site, and it just a few days the limit on attendees had almost been reached.  And the limit on attendees is almost 1,000.

Why is Fellowship such a big deal?

Well, just look at the name.

Fellowship Conference is a time when Christians can get together and worship, be fed the Word by some amazing pastors, and also have plenty of time to fellowship with our family in Christ.  And that Fellowship is important, because it may be one of, if not the only time, some folks get to see each other in a year. And of course, it’s a great place to meet new people.  Attendees come from everywhere.  I didn’t even realize just how vast the scope of attendance was; I was only aware of people from about 2 states attending, but at this year’s conference, 27 states and 9 foreign countries were represented! Continue reading “Fellowship Conference Recap”

5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher

That phrase itself seems like an oxymoron–“introverted teacher.” How can you be an introvert and subject yourself to standing in front of a large group of people everyday, all day?

Well first, let’s talk about what introversion is not.

Introversion does not mean you are shy.

I think most people understand that at this point; conversations about introversion and extraversion have been all the rage for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of things written about how introverts aren’t necessarily shy, and that a lot of introverts really enjoy being around people–some might even be mistaken for extroverts.  The key is what makes you thrive and what makes you exhausted.  An extrovert is going to come away from a big group of people feeling recharged, while an introvert is going to need to recharge. 

I personally fall under the category of an introvert that does enjoy being around people, although I would never be mistaken as an extrovert.  I am also a teacher, so I’m around a significant amount of people  a significant amount of time every day.

So what challenges does an introverted teacher face? Continue reading “5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher”

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