Inclement Weather, Inclement Life

Currently in Montana, our roads are snowy and slick. Being a native Southerner, it has taken me almost a decade to fight the initial instinct to panic and gather bread and milk at the mere threat of snow. When I taught school in North Carolina, nary a flake of snow needed to hit the ground […]

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Hello, TPILers! Thanks so much for being subscribers to my little dream here! Thanks to those who have shared posts or links with friends–I so appreciate it! This week I am travelling out-of-state to visit family and am sharing a few of my favorite posts from the archives (within the posts, you might see random […]

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Five Ways to Love Wherever You Live

Some of you may remember that moving five times in four states is at the top of my resume. Moving (for me) equals having heartbreaking goodbyes. I put down my emotional roots deep, fast, and hard. In fact, I’m slightly stalker-ish when I arrive and meet new people: “Hi, my name is Elizabeth. Can we […]

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How God spoke to me during my darkest hour.

Looking around the sanctuary five minutes before the end of the service, I realized that my teaching partner was absent. Together we taught scripture stories, distributed snacks and trained a gaggle of three year-olds in toy mediation skills every Sunday. Realizing she wasn’t there on her designated teaching Sunday typically was not a huge deal. […]

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How-to Guide for Hard Things

We all have our unexpected hard things to survive and thrive through. I have never had a diagnosis of cancer to process. Nor have I had anyone in my immediate family die suddenly. But I have dealt with my own personal struggles with mild anxiety and walked the path with many who struggle with mental […]

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Keeping Time

If you didn’t see my post on TPIL on Facebook this past week, feel free to check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/thepartilove/. I shared thoughts on choosing what is worth the chase in our lives. This post today, goes a little more in depth. I hope you enjoy it. As always, feel free to share and comment. […]

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How to Approach Someone with a Disability 101

I have an immediate distrust for people who either say they loved pregnancy or middle school. As for the latter, tweens/teens that age are constantly comparing and contrasting themselves to those around them. Am I better looking or less popular than him? Are my shoes cuter or uglier?  The daily calculating, measuring and assigning worth […]

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Remembering

Her name was Louise. Ms. Louise. I never even learned her last name. She was a friend of my grandmother’s and during my week-long summer visits, we would visit all of her older woman friends. Friends with amazing names like Cleo, Myrtle and Ida Mae Stacy.  Louise was very old (to me, as an eight […]

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Hit the road, Jack

I am not an expert at many tasks. My desk is in constant clutter, my fashion sense leaves much to be desired, and my ability to decorate cakes is on par with a 7-year-old. But traveling with children? Solo? For thousands of miles? For a month? I’ve got you covered, baby. Just call me the […]

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Three ways to harness the power of Summer and make your kids better for it. Or something.

The first day of summer break is my finest hour—it’s when I shine. In fact, it is my favorite day of the year. I have daily plans, routines, expectations and research projects for my kids and I am thrilled to have them around me. Tha-rilled! This is the one day out of the year that […]

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