At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone. I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's. (What is it with that place? It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE
The past two months, I've been working on a new business venture. It has COMPLETELY consumed my life. And pretty much the lives of all of 'my people'. Especially my dad. That new business venture? AirBnB. Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon. Bought a house in the cutest little neighborhood a mile from uptown and … Continue reading Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques
A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with. We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country. I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount
I believe in the power of specific, fervent prayers. God wants us to know what we are asking for and why (and when we don't know, or can't articulate, the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf). God answers prayer in His way....not our way. His answers are often, 'no'...'not yet'...'not that way'....and occasionally, 'yes'. And, … Continue reading God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.
Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others. To be changed by our interactions with others. And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative
I have a hard time saying "no" to things. I'm a fixer.... of people and processes. And, I'm pretty resilient through that process of fixing (see previous post). [or at least, I think I am] But I can get worn out..... most of which happens because I've let someone or something push through my boundaries. … Continue reading Boundaries are important. Even God has boundaries.
I LOVE to throw a party. And, I'm pretty good at it. It comes naturally, but it also comes because I've watched my mom do it. She's a natural hostess. She can think through how many people, location, age, interest, etc. and come up with a menu and event that will knock your socks off. … Continue reading We do what we see modeled.