Posts by Emilie Wall

Against the Current

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Goals, Grief, Healing, Hope | 0 comments

At the end of the 2015-2016 School year, I found myself exhausted more than usual.  It had been a rough year for me personally and professionally.  The school year loomed with 3 deaths, teachers and students under attack, weapons found in or around the building, a lack of support from the superintendent, and the list goes on. Personally, I was recovering from culture shock from spending a year in the Dominican Republic.  One would hope that was all, but it wasn’t.  There were a few deaths in our family as well as a near death.  Needless to say, I was exhausted emotionally, spiritually, and physically.  It felt like I had nothing left to give to my students,...

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Extended Hand

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in God, Healing, Relationships | 1 comment

Tonight I experienced something with God that I haven’t experienced in a long time.  I felt his ever-close presence in a way that I can’t explain.  And what is interesting about it is I don’t deserve it.  I have struggled to spend time with Him because of any and whatever reason I could come up with.  I felt distant which made me not want to spend time with Him even more because I knew I wasn’t putting any effort into it and I didn’t want to just go through the motions of “loving” God.  He deserves more than that. What dawned on me tonight is that I often do this in relationships with other people also.  I wait until they reach out to me because I am...

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Against The Wind

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, Virtue | 2 comments

Several years ago my family went on a trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.  It wasn’t the first time our family had gone there, but it may have been the last time our entire family would go together. The uniqueness of this trip was on our way out to our chosen island and our way back to the homeland we canoed against the wind.  I’m sure we only canoed a few miles or so, but in the midst of the journey it felt like an eternity.  It was difficult both mentally and physically. I remember being partnered up with my youngest brother, Jeff.  He was quite young at the time and neither one of us had the muscle strength or the canoe skills to keep our canoe going in...

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Adrenaline the Pain

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Healing | 0 comments

When I was two weeks into my freshman year of college I was riding around town with a friend on a bicycle.  We had been riding for about 3 hours by the time we were near his home.  We hadn’t eaten dinner and we ran out of water about half way into our bike ride.  When we were getting closer to my friends apartment we decided to race back to his apartment.  We were going about 20-25 miles an hour. We came to the Design Building where the sidewalk splits and he veered to the left and I veered to the right.  It was about nine o’clock in the evening at this point and the sun had already set.  What we didn’t know is that the construction company that was going to...

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How to Run in the Cold

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Blog, Health and Fitness | 0 comments

Recently I have signed up for a ten-mile run.  The run is in March and I have approximately two months to train. I have attempted to run on a treadmill but my efforts have failed me.  I would much rather run outside around a beautiful lake or on a trail.  So I decided to purchase some gear that would allow me to run in the dead of winter. Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, to name a few, are all companies that create gear that can be worn in the cold.  They call it coldgear.  I purchased gloves, an ear band, compression pants, a long sleeve compression top, and a jacket. The gloves that I purchased are made of polyester and spandex.  They are longer than the cheap...

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