12 10, 2017

How Do We Grow?

By |2017-10-12T10:03:18+00:00October 12th, 2017|Encouragement|

My eight-year-old daughter, Hallie, still can’t wrap her arms even halfway around the giant oak in our yard. Our little farmhouse was built in 1930—the first in this square mile—many, many moons ago. She looks like a pint-sized ant standing [...]

4 08, 2016

It’s Not What You Think

By |2016-08-04T06:24:48+00:00August 4th, 2016|Books|

My summer brain has gotten a bit fried from all of the sunshine lately, so I've happily invited more listening and less blabbing into my life. I just finished the book, It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than [...]

2 06, 2016

My Hiding Place

By |2016-06-02T07:53:47+00:00June 2nd, 2016|Encouragement|

A few weeks ago, my kids—Hallie and Jack—locked eyes on a baby turtle who was stranded in the middle of the road in front of our house. They did what most kids would do; they panicked. They panicked and strategized [...]

6 05, 2016

14 Ways to Simplify Your Busy Life

By |2016-05-06T06:28:45+00:00May 6th, 2016|Lifestyle|

Confession: I’ve said the “B” word a lot lately… BUSY. Busy is our automated response to the question, “How are you?” Busy is the cultural norm of our society—along with being exhausted, stressed-out, and overwhelmed. Busy is addictive and, sometimes, self-imposed. [...]

25 04, 2016

He Started It

By |2016-04-25T14:36:22+00:00April 25th, 2016|Inspiration|

Hey you! Yes you on the other side of this screen. You with the coffee mug, taking a break from “the real world” by scrolling through social media. I was just wondering... Would you consider yourself creative? Maybe an artist [...]

7 04, 2016

The One About Real Life

By |2016-04-07T14:15:54+00:00April 7th, 2016|Life|

Sunlight poured through the kitchen windows and onto lazy breakfast crumbs still lingering on the table. I reheated my coffee, threw Jack’s pajamas in the hamper, and answered the beckoning ding of my phone. “So, last night?” the text read. [...]

24 03, 2016

Face the Storm

By |2016-03-24T13:51:19+00:00March 24th, 2016|Inspiration|

Ah, Spring Break. A reason to strap your kids in the car and listen to them repeatedly ask the universal question… Are we there yet? My husband and I seized the opportunity (and low gas prices) and headed toward the mountains for some [...]

4 03, 2016

8 Reasons I Believe

By |2016-03-04T14:11:59+00:00March 4th, 2016|Faith|

He planted a kiss on my cheek, gave me a grinning wink, and jumped onto an open-air boat that was headed across the increasingly gray ocean and into the darkness with nothing but a wetsuit, flashlight, and an oxygen tank. Night diving.  My husband and I were both scuba certified over a decade ago at a lake here [...]

24 02, 2016

When Life Surprises You

By |2016-02-24T12:43:46+00:00February 24th, 2016|Faith|

Life is full of surprises. Some good, some not-so-good. A surprise visit from your out-of-town best friend? Good surprise. A surprise twenty-dollar bill in your back pocket? Good surprise. A surprise pregnancy after years of trying? Good surprise. But the not-so-good surprises [...]