Category Tough Conversations

Weekly Conversations

I’m often asked what my average week looks like.  That’s hard to answer because I don’t have an average week – they’re all different. But one thing is certain – I have lots of conversations with kids and parents. Some are tough. Some are encouraging. Some are even pretty funny. To give you an idea, […]

Thoughts on Good Friday.

This world is broken.  That was my thought the other evening.  A seventh grade girl sat in the passenger side of my vehicle.   Her mother stood at her side as they both wept over the storms of life. It’s a familiar story that I’m far too used to hearing, but still hurts everytime I hear it.  After a […]

Fathers and Daughters

Last week, before our girls Bible Study at Cypress creek, a couple of 5th grade girls and I were sitting around talking, waiting for a few more girls to show up. I asked Leia if she’d talked to her dad recently.  He lives out of town, but she got to spend a little time with […]

“I’m used to it.”

Yesterday, Ty told me his mom was back in jail.  Again. Ty is 12.  I’ve known him since he was 6.  She’s been in and out of jail that whole time.  His dad split the moment he found out he was going to be a dad.  So Ty’s disabled grandmother raises him, his little brother and […]

Marriage blessing

Wednesday I had something happen for the first time, though I’m sure it won’t be the last.  One of my college-age girls asked me if I could go to lunch with her and her boyfriend.  They are talking about getting married, and she told him he would have to get my approval before they got […]

“I feel safe talking to you.”

Somedays, I never really know what I’m going to encounter. On Tuesday, we held our boys Bible study at NGV. While we were playing around, a fifth grade boy who is friends with one of the guys showed up. He doesn’t live at the apartments, but I’ve met him and spent some time with him, […]