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Christina

Dear Elisabeth… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear El… Thank you for making me laugh every single day. I don’t know where you got this sarcasm from (ha—that’s total sarcasm) but it’s just the best. You may only be 12, but you’re sly wit is way beyond that. Here’s another delight that you might not even know is happening: you’re learning to...
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Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade)

Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade) Ah, Nate. You are killing me with this smile. I can see all the parts of you in it–your adventure, your sweetness, your enthusiasm, and your curiosity. These are exactly what make you my Nate and they are all over your first-day-of-school grin. Your Nate-ness also...
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Dear Sam… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear Sam… Crazy. That’s what this year is. Bananas. Everything is new: you’re at a different school and now it’s also middle school and our new lives in Friendswood are so strange and exhilarating. Some of it is going so well–you’re making good friends, you’re intrigued by life at Lutheran South, you’re so happy to...
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Dear Catie… (on your sophomore year of high school)

Dear Catie… It’s a little hard to believe you’re starting over again. We moved houses. You moved schools. Sophomore year and you’re having to deal with #freshmanproblems again. It’s a bit scary—for me, at least. There’s so much at risk here. The years of high school feel like stair steps to the grand goal of...
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Ten Girls Who Need Shine

Someone in your life needs this sparkly-funny Bible study. It’s pretty much a party-in-a box–but with Jesus. 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the praise band. (Or, you know, that one teen...
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Bad News & Good News About Teen Girls

This post originally appeared on the CPH Blog. First, the bad news…. our teen girls are in crisis. I’m worried about them and you should be too. My oldest daughter, Catie, is in high school and my younger daughter, Elisabeth, is in middle school. We’re living the teen girl life around here and I see what’s...
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FAQ for Shine

What is Shine? Shine is my new book. It’s a six-week Bible study filled with stories, discussion questions, journal prompts, and prayers. Shine is my favorite of all my books. You will laugh and you will cry. I just can’t for you to read it. Who should read Shine? I wrote this book for teen girls. The stories...
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Goodbye, Westlake…

This school has become our family and our home. And not it’s time to say goodbye. For the last decade, Westlake Prep has been the seventh member of our family.  To our kids—who started here just a few days after potty-training and who are leaving as tweens and teens—this place has been where they learned just...
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Be Her Mom

I write for teens and for moms, so talk to them both a lot about what’s happening in their lives. Over the past few years, something has changed. Daughters now have all the information. Like never before, they are able to use social media, YouTube, Amazon, vlogs, and Pinterest to figure out life on their own. More...
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Dying on the Inside

This is a reprint of a story I shared in Love Rules. It’s about how God loves us and redeems the most dead parts of us. Ultimately, this is a story about Good Friday.   No one is ever really ready for a dog. You think you are, but you can’t imagine the bolt-upright-in-bed terror...
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