The Corner Office

The Corner Office

Let’s begin with this. I am writing this post from my new office! I am no longer forced to do battle with children’s books or stray Legos in order to claim the one free couch cushion on which to get my writing done.

Let freedom ring!

I have a desk (snagged from the discards pile at a furniture store) and 6 (SIX!) bookshelves donated by a friend. I have a coffee maker and a jar with 4 pairs of scissors. Why do I have 4 pairs of scissors? WHO CARES! The point is, I have my own writing space.

The only other writing space I’ve ever had was a slab of wood propped over two filing cabinets in the laundry room of a rental home. I used the shelf (built to hold laundry detergent and dryer sheets) to house my dictionary and thesaurus which I never actually used. My writing time doubled as sauna time when the dryer was running.

Just the other day I was complaining to my literary agent that I haven’t posted much here on the blog lately. She was predictably kind and encouraging in response to my first-world problem, but as soon as we ended our conversation, I began working on a solution.

I have book manuscripts due later this year. I have blog posts to write. I have articles I’ve committed to finish. I really need to NOT write while listening to anything involving Caillou or Clifford.

So here I am. On this, the first day of summer, I am writing from a real office. If you squint hard enough, you can see I have a secretary in the background answering my phone. Or maybe that’s just my soon-to-be two-year-old running away with my cell.

No problem.

And because I know how quickly the summer will disappear, I finished my summer bucket list (click to download). It won’t make me a perfect mom by any stretch, but being deliberate is generally the first step to accomplishing important tasks.

Being deliberate is the purpose of my corner office.

So says the girl with 4 pairs of scissors.

5 Things I Want My Children to Know about Easter

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Successful teaching requires proper planning. Here is what I want to communicate:

1. Easter isn’t about the candy (or the bunny). At the moment these items become a distraction from the cross, they are doing the work of Hell. Am I anti-candy or anti-Easter-eggs? No—in the same way that I’m not anti-gift-giving at Christmas while clinging to the reason for the season. And yet–

Maintaining the distinction between what is entertainment and what is truth is critical.

2. Without Easter, Christmas wouldn’t matter. (I Corinthians 15:16-17) So to the degree that we build up to Christmas in my house—talking, singing, preparing—we will do the same with Easter. Time-sensitive music will play around the clock. On Easter Sunday, we’ll read the passages that pertain to the death and resurrection of Jesus. (We read Luke 2 at Christmas. Why not read Luke 24 at Easter?) I’ll roll out my best dishes—yes, even with a 6-year-old and 1-year-old at the table—and we’ll celebrate.

Some things matter more than protecting the fine china.

3. Easter is synonymous with life. Christ moved from death to life, and because of it, so can we! Easter is what enables us to grieve differently about those friends and loved ones to whom we’ve said good-bye. So on Easter—if and when we discuss people from the past—we’ll speak with an eye to the future.

Easter changes everything! (John 11:25)

4. Easter is a great day for dressing up, but the soul matters infinitely more than the body. Easter—of all days—shouldn’t be casual. I am all in favor of putting on the nicest options from the closet. And who doesn’t appreciate the obligatory Easter photos that trickle through the news feed after Easter lunch? However. If I care more about how I dress my children than I do how they stand before God, I’ve missed the entire point of the day.

Worshiping God begins in the heart.

5. Easter is a good day for talking to others about Jesus. I know. I know. Every day is a good day to share the gospel. But Easter is a particular gift because people expect us to talk about the Good News. Visitors will trickle into our church services for no other reason than the date on the calendar. Strangers in the community will engage us in conversation about the day. We have a golden opportunity to share our excitement about the most important event in the history of the world.

We must be vigilant not to waste Easter.

Where Trisha Learns to Jump Rope (again)

Spring was my favorite time of year as a child. Finally, I could play outside again. And if I was really lucky, I could even shed my evil winter coat that felt like the inflatable sumo wrestling suits I saw people wear at the street fair. ($5 gets you 10 minutes in the ring and […]

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Running Like a Girl: My Unlikely Trek to 140.6 Miles

Running in the Forbidden City

Some rights reserved by pamhule   So here’s the ugly truth: I’ve never been good at running. I’ve listened to friends talk about the “high” they get from running and I think, Really? The only high I get from running is the few seconds of vertical extent I achieve as I’m tripping over an uneven patch […]

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Spring: All in Favor, Say ‘Aye!’

Photo-a-day Challenge 2014

  Whew! Thank you all for your patience with me as I disappeared for a few days. We are recovering from a fairly intense week of illness at my house. I’ll spare you the details since you are probably doing the same. Suffice to say, I am thankful to turn a new page on my […]

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The Memory Box

Photo-of-the-day challenge: MEMORY

  The first time we met, He said, “Trisha, right?” He should have stopped there.

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An Open Letter to My Son’s Birthmother

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  To the woman who delivered the boy that I love: I know very little about you. I know how old you were when you gave birth and I know a smattering of details related to your pregnancy. That’s it. Strange that I should know so little when you and I share so much. When […]

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The Rest Is Noise

Photo-of-the-day challenge: REST

  Today I enjoyed a restful day at home. I spent time with my family and I worked on a manuscript (which taps me on the shoulder throughout the day and tsk tsks at me whenever I try to watch television or paint my nails). And then I saw this. From CBS Detroit: “A Flint man […]

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Moms, Write in Your Bible (too)

Photo-of-the-day challenge: LIST

  At the end of December I was intrigued by an article that made its rounds on social media. The title? Dads, Write in Your Bible. Like any good wife, I e-mailed the link to my husband with an appropriate invitation and altar call.  (Don’t worry. He e-mails me links, too. It’s what we do for fun.) […]

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