2014 Booklist & 5 Favs

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! One of the most powerful ways we shape our future and determine the direction we will go is by choosing who will pour into our lives. If each of our responsibilities and resolutions is a straw, drawing on us, each of the books we read (and sermons we listen to, etc. etc.) is […]

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A 4-question quiz for determining this year’s direction

December 31, 2014

Scratching 2015 across the top of the page was about all I could muster. Goals? Resolutions? I’m so done. Anyone else? This is the first year I haven’t had a burst of fresh self-improvement energy around Dec 31st. Why? It’s all my church’s fault. (smile) All year long we’ve been looking at the EPIC story of God, […]

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That post about milkshakes

December 29, 2014

Next to When God Broke My Heart, I get the most comments from people referring to “that post about milkshakes.” It seems that we as women are always bombarded by the needs around us and constantly need wisdom on how to navigate it all. So, for all of us, as we head into the new year and […]

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You made it! {Post-holiday comic relief}

December 26, 2014

You made it through! My friend Janae and I always say December 26th is the best day of the year. This is no knock on Christmas, I love the holy anticipation, like a whole month of holding our breath, it’s just that the post-Christmas exhale is always my favorite part. Ahhhhh. I love lounging in jammies […]

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What to give your family for Christmas

December 24, 2014

I remember that 2010 Christmas so vividly. I had gotten up early. Everything was ready. The baby Jesus doll was hidden. Gifts were wrapped. Cinnamon rolls were formed, rising, ready to bake. My 4-year-old son was the first to rise. He shuffled downstairs, carrying his new Lightning McQueen car he’d received for his birthday just four days […]

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Rough Draft Christmas {On writing and living}

December 22, 2014

Hell hath no fury like a woman with writer’s block. Or so my husband says. He has a right to say it, as he has endured my endless rants as I attempt to draft book chapters in the midst of life.  Creativity is such a beast, yes? So untamable and infuriatingly elusive, yet intoxicating and […]

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Entering Eight

December 19, 2014

“I love you, Mommy.” It comes out of nowhere and when I look down (not very far down anymore!) into his wide blue eyes, something catches inside and I can’t breathe. Oh, my boy. This weekend we are entering 8. Eight years ago I called Jeff at work, “It’s time, babe.” And we stopped and got […]

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The Spark (must read for every mom)

December 17, 2014

The storm had come suddenly, sometime between sandwiches and schooltime, and the branches banged against the house, and the lightweight lawn-chairs did flips across the lawn. The storm was just severe enough to be fun. “May we please go play in the wind before math?!” It was respectfully asked, and there it was in his eyes, the […]

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The day I walked out on my family…

December 15, 2014

And then I can’t believe it but I grabbed my purse and keys and walked right out the door, without a word. It felt terrifying and sickening and freeing and thrilling all at once. All week it had built. Responsibilities. Company. Engagements. Needs. And I had smiled. And I had welcomed. And I had prayed. […]

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The blessing of a good enemy

December 12, 2014

Sometimes a good enemy is our greatest asset.  We seldom think so though, right? I know if someone comes “against” me so to speak, whatever the situation, my first inclination is not to rejoice. We bristle under criticism and balk at those who don’t agree with us, brilliantly crafting arguments for why we are SO right (and […]

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