On Sickness, Death, and Winter

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This past week was pretty crappy. Because I like things neat and tidy and to go the way I want them to go, it was a sucker punch to the face to realize, once again, that I'm not in control of the universe. I'll start with the less trivial things. All week, I was wicked sick. The majority of the time was spent the couch in a fetal position, without motivation for anything. My oily hair fanned the back of my sweaty neck while I moaned for some relief from the alternating pain and chilly … Read More...

The Time I Went Gray-zy: Picking the Kitchen Cabinet Color

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Some of you know we're in the middle of having a home built. Exciting! Because we've moved so much, this is our 3rd new construction, but it's our first custom build. For the other homes, we had to pick out a handful of things like paint colors and  tile, but for this one, we've had to choose everything. It's a fun process, but also I've reached the point of decision fatigue. I suspect we reach this point when  decisions take on more importance than they deserve. Could it be that when our … Read More...

#OneWord365 2017

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Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It's not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It's both a nebulous and intimate thing to dance with a word for a year. There's nothing particularly glamorous or magical, but purposefully meditating on a concept for an extended amount of time is always … Read More...

December Favorite Things

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Every so often, I like to share my favorites, because, well...it's fun. If I was a savvy blogger, I'd have affiliate links and earn money but nope, not that committed of a blogger. I love hearing about other people's tips and trends, so please comment with anything you're loving at the end! Buying fair trade Christmas presents- Shopping to keep women out of sex trafficking and slavery? It's a no-brainer! I have friends who sell with two great companies... Trades of Hope Better Way … Read More...

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

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I’ve noticed a recent mental shift. When I have flashbacks of childhood memories, I’m thinking less about my own perception of experiences and relating more to my mother than my own young self… The way she tried to dance around us lingering in her bathroom as she got ready… The way she listened to our stories with real interest…. The way she disappeared to for a few minutes of solace when Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers were on T.V… The way she tucked us into bed with a book and a … Read More...

HerStory: Meet Natasha

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Author, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Meet my friend and fellow Redbud Writers Guild member, Natasha. This woman is a force, in the absolute best way. Within moments of meeting, I was drawn to her infectious passion, joy, and spirit. She consistently lives out her leadership gifts and shares her hard-earned wisdom in the recently published book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship. Enjoy getting to know Natasha in this HerStory interview. What is your story … Read More...

Some Words of Hope After the Election

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I get that enough has been written about this election already...and yet I write on. Sometimes (a lot of the time) I write to figure out what I'm thinking, to pull myself out of darkness and fear and into light and truth. So, if you have found your way here, I appreciate the time you're taking with me as I process this. Whew. I'm tired and I'm guessing that many of you are, too. This election cycle was emotionally and spiritually exhausting, and I wasn't expecting to to feel this … Read More...

HerStory: Meet Roxie

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I grew up in a small Midwestern town. We had good schools, a lovely rural landscape, and nice people. And probably THE nicest was Roxie Kaminski, the secretary at my junior high school and mother of one of my classmates. We've recently reconnected over social media and I discovered her delightful parenting memoir Puzzle Piece Heart. She raised four children as a single mother and from an outsider's perspective, made it look easy. She was at every school event, her children were smart and kind, … Read More...

Why I’m Kissing the Christian Subculture Goodbye (Sort-of)

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When I was a college freshman in the late 1990s, one of the most influential relationship books for Christian young adults hit the shelves. In I Kissed Dating Goodbye, author Joshua Harris encouraged readers to forgo traditional dating for courtship. It was a movement broadly embraced by the evangelical church as a manifesto of the purity culture. When a male friend started pursuing me romantically shortly I after I read it, I laid out the tenants of Harris' book. They were ones I'd embraced … Read More...

La Dolce far Niente (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing)

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I recently headed to the mountains of Colorado for a 5 day backpacking trip. My husband, Josh, my brother-in-law, Joe, and I finally reunited in the wilderness; I hadn’t joined the guys on a trip in over five years—pregnancy and nursing benched me for awhile. It may seem counterintuitive to choose backpacking as a vacation, it has it's share of challenges, but it's so worth them all. Yes, it's physically difficult to carry 40 lbs all day long, a health hazard to travel from sea level to … Read More...