Long Days of Small Things

  My word this year is compromise. It’s a word that has been more incorporated into my life since motherhood found me eight years ago. I’m constantly deciding between choices that feel decidedly less-than ideal, something’s always getting compromised… The amount of sleep I get versus productivity in meeting my goals. Writing versus being a present […]

On Sickness, Death, and Winter

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 […]

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

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 […]

#OneWord365 2017

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 […]

December Favorite Things

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 […]

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

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 […]

HerStory: Meet Natasha

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 […]

Some Words of Hope After the Election

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 […]

HerStory: Meet Roxie

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 […]

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

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 […]