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 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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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...

My Interview For “Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket” & A Book Give-away

My friend Jenny Rae Armstrong just wrote an incredible book, Don't Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket, a compilation of creative ideas for wanna-be world changers. I love this book, and not only because she was generous enough to include several friends from her writing community to be a part of it. You will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired by the more than 150 ideas for doing kingdom work in your everyday lives. I will send one reader who comments below or on The Blessed Nest … Read More...

10 Observations from Escape to the Lake 2016

A few weeks ago our family attended our third Escape to the Lake (ETTL). What is ETTL? We all laugh about that question because it's actually kind of hard to describe. Is it a conference? Is it a camp? Is it a retreat? Is it for artists or fans? Kids, families, or singles? Is it for young people or old people? Is it a religious thing? Is it church? Is it a workshop? It's really a little bit of all that. And though she wasn't talking about ETTL, from the words of a Jess Ray song, "And it may be … Read More...

End of Summer Reflections

Summer is drawing to a slow close. The daylight hours are slipping away earlier. Mothers like me are cleaning out closets, gathering their children's school supplies and figuring out the schedule for the coming months. Perhaps we are all longing for a little less spontaneity and vacationing in favor of routine, stability, and the comforts of home as we begin to retreat back. I admit, this summer has left me tired instead of refreshed. It was a whirlwind of a "break" and I'm glad to be part of … Read More...