Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

No Label at the Table

One of my favorite weekend activities is going to the famers market and supporting local artisans. I came across No Label at the Table this summer, and noticed the blue autism puzzle piece symbol and a gluten-free dairy-free sign. No Label at the Table is a gluten-free and dairy-free food company employed by people on […]

2016 Reflection

My word for 2016 was SEEK. I tried to seek patience, faithfulness, gratitude, hope, joy, and beauty instead of seeking worry, doubt, fear, and negativity. There were also a lot of prayers I was seeking–for myself, my family, and my friends. I’ve been reflecting on the year in my prayer journal, and even though 2016 […]

Second Star

I was on a trip with Courtney and Destiny one summer, staying at Courtney’s family’s vacation home in Celebration, Florida–Second Star. We would meet Megan the next day. We had just finished our second year of teaching together on the same special education team. Courtney, Destiny and I stayed up late, sharing our stories, and getting […]

Dream Team

I’ll never forget our first dinner together. It was the first time we made plans outside of school. Not only did I discover a new gluten-free pizza place–I found a group of life-long friends. I called my mom on the way home and said, “I can’t believe this is my new team! We talked for hours […]

A Thank You to Special Ed

In May,  I exchanged keys to my special education office for keys to my new classroom. For the last nine years, I’ve taught special ed. Now, this August, I’ll embark on a new journey in first grade. I’ll miss teaching special ed, truly. But it’s time for me to use my background in a new […]

My Prayer for All Women

This week I will finish supervising my third consecutive student teacher. Over the last three years, I’ve gotten to know several 22-year olds, and I’ve been thinking a lot about this generation of women. And I’ve been thinking about my role in their lives. I find myself praying for the next generation of women. Crying […]

Kindergarten Teachers are Super Heroes

Unending amounts of hugs, newly formed best friends, compliments like, “I love your shirt today,” telling silly and creative stories, seeking affirmation: “Do you like my shirt?”, sneezing and coughing without covered mouths, tattling for the smallest of reasons (which seem so huge to a child), laughing uncontrollably, reminders to wash our hands with soap […]

Confessions of a Special Ed Teacher

I have a confession. I lose perspective. Often and easily. When I think I have everything planned out, and something messes up my organized plan, I freak out. Sometimes there is a change in my schedule or routine. Sometimes I get so self-consumed with my problems, and I cannot stop dwelling on them. And sometimes, […]

You Are Doing Important Work

I was at my favorite local coffee shop in Michigan a few months ago while I was helping my mom recover from an appendectomy, and the owner of the coffee shop noticed I wasn’t at school on a weekday. He asked me how I was doing and how school was going, and at that point, […]