When you hang out with teenagers

You overhear a number of different things, but one thing remains the same: You never have any idea what they will say. They’re kind of like toddlers in that way… Case in point, overheard at a recent youth group meeting: “My mom cut our hair but we had to stop when she got my earContinue reading “When you hang out with teenagers”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, but I also just had the privilege of spending a week with her during our youth trip to Montreat. And in all of the ways, the trip did not disappoint. Of note, in a regular minivan packed with 10 youth and two adults, there’s aContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

#TBT The most beautiful piece of artwork you will ever see

Hey. So. I’m about to share something with you all that only few know about or have witnessed. A very select few, and the majority of them have lived in the same house as me since I or they were born. You’re so curious right now, aren’t you? I’m gonna make you wait just aContinue reading “#TBT The most beautiful piece of artwork you will ever see”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

This week in youth group our topic for discussion was one of the questions the youth had submitted last semester. The question was, “What does God think is beautiful?” So, naturally, the conversation started with us asking the kids what they thought was beautiful and we made a list. The boys surprisingly mentioned scenery, exceptContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

She’s been quiet with the compliments (backhanded and otherwise) for a while, but never fear, today she made up for it. When we were getting ready to get in cars and head over to do a service project, she and three other middle school girls claimed my car for the trip over. However… “Laura’s carContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

Be honest, you thought I’d have run out of these already, didn’t you? Ah, then you don’t know Sarah. They just keep on comin’. The most recent was on Christmas Eve, when she got a little confused about who I was talking about and assumed it was a guy I was seeing. When I correctedContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

Remember how I told you about how sometimes my buddy Sarah (an eighth-grader in the youth group I work with) gives me compliments? Sometimes they make me laugh and sometimes they’re sweet. And sometimes its both. Recently, while giving me a hug: “Laura, you’re so huggable.” Me: “Aw, thanks, so are you!” Her: “And myContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

Welcome to a new feature, here on the ol’ blog, in which you will hear the frequent “compliments” I get from one of the teenagers in the youth group I work with – an eighth-grade girl named Sarah. She’s been on a roll lately. She’s unfiltered, which I can definitely appreciate because, well, people areContinue reading “Self-esteem boosters with Sarah”

Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team I Really Don’t Care.

If you like Twilight, like, A LOT, you’re not gonna like what I have to say. Because I’m not a fan. So… to be fair, I warned you. OK, I don’t have an aversion to the supernatural, but in the past it has taken me time to warm up to it – I didn’t startContinue reading “Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team I Really Don’t Care.”