Everything Changes When It’s Someone You Know

Everything Changes When It’s Someone You Know

This week, covered here and on the websites of our Orange Bloggers, we’re going to take a look at the OC19 theme, “It’s Personal.” Because, there’s a reason . . . some volunteers have a deeper commitment some parents engage at a more practical level some ministries make a greater impact some churches have wider influence some leaders leave a lasting mark It Happens When They Make It Personal Whenever you become intentional about making relationships a priority, you will... Read More
Naming An Idea

Naming An Idea

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. A few years ago on the drive home to Atlanta from Orange Tour Kansas City, Reggie Joiner turned down “70s on 7” and paused the musical education of our friend Afton—who still insists all good music is inspired by Justin Timberlake.  For a few hours, we had something more important to figure out. And it wasn’t how to identify Chicago by the sound of brass in the band. We were halfway through... Read More
Complete Phase Reading List: Books That Influenced The Phase Project

Complete Phase Reading List: Books That Influenced The Phase Project

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. Here are the contents of our “Just a Phase” bookshelf (warning: some are literally textbooks, so grab some coffee and a dictionary before you begin). Caring for Your Baby and Young Child – American Academy of Pediatrics The Wonder Years – American Academy of Pediatrics Teaching in the Secondary School, 5th edition – David Armstrong & Tom Savage Emerging Adulthood – Jeffrey Arnett Your... Read More
They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. “They grow up so fast.” That’s the number one comment I hear from strangers who see me with my children. They are six, four, and six months and we are a walking reminder to everyone who has ever had kids that time is moving. It’s the sentiment of grandparents everywhere. The days when their children were six, four, and six months feel a breath away. It’s the bafflement of teachers. They may... Read More
Measuring What Seems Un-Measurable

Measuring What Seems Un-Measurable

Some things in life are easy to measure. How many times did you tweet? How many Double Stuf Oreos did you eat? How many miles per gallon does your vehicle get? Some things in life are harder to measure. How much water is in the ocean? How many people live in the Ukraine? How much milk can a seventh grader drink without puking? Then there are some things that seem un-measurable. How much does a mother love her child? How do you know when someone is “over” their ex? How well does a foster child... Read More