35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. I recently stumbled across Jason Good’s 46 Reasons My Three-Year-Old Might Be Freaking Out. His socks are on wrong. His lip tastes salty. His shirt has a tag on it. The car seat is weird. . . (Read the rest of the list on Jason’s blog.) The first thing I thought when I read the list was how much I wanted to share it with anyone I know who has a preschooler. Because let’s be honest,... Read More
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