Invite More People Over

Last week we hosted the African Children’s Choir at our house. They came right in the middle of one of the busiest weeks of our year, including the kids’ Christmas Program, faraway basketball games, big work deadlines, etc, etc. Late at night, when I was exhausted and needed to go to bed for the night, I cleaned and straightened and grumbled. Vacuum! Wash the windows! Company is coming! When … Continue...


My Hairstory: No-Sulfate Shampoo

The Short Version: buy  shampoo without sulfates and see if it helps your hair. The Long Version: Shampoo without sulfates gave my hair volume and shine. Here's my hairstory. Over the past … Continue...


The Thanksgiving of my Dreams

Our family needs a different kind of Thanksgiving this year. We need a holiday like these homemade pecan pies. Our pies took a lot of time, but these were intentional hours. Unrushed hours together. … Continue...


Happy Veterans Day!

To celebrate Veterans Day, click over to my friend Amy's blog for her story. Her husband, Nick, served in Iraq. He's the twins' Godfather, and one of our very favorite Veterans. Amy and Nick's … Continue...


Storyline is Disney World for Artists

Last week I was at the Storyline Conference, which is pretty much the happiest place on Earth for creative people. Experiencing Storyline was the same thrill as watching our kids experience Disney … Continue...



Scared Writers Don’t Write

After twelve years of trying to figure out what it means to be a successful Writer, I'm finally learning a  bit. I'm starting to realize that playing the role of Writer is ego-feeding, control-freak work. It's not writing, and real writing is what gives me the healing I desperately need. When I'm … [Read More...]


Last Shall Be First

When our oldest daughter, Catie, was in Preschool, one of my friends taught the four-year-olds at her school. I ran into her the summer before Catie started in her class and she asked how Catie was coming with writing her name. “Writing her name?!" I was shocked. "She’s only four.” “Some kids … [Read More...]


Turning 40 & Learning To Conserve Energy

The kids and I handed out thousands of water cups at a triathlon Mike competed in this summer.  Even though our family had a great day helping those thirsty runners, I can see the metaphor in this picture. It shows a lesson God is teaching me more and more every day. Here's what I'm learning: the … [Read More...]


What Do You Do Without Facebook?

  Hello, Friends.... Just a quick question: have any of you gotten rid of Facebook? More and more, I think I'd be better without an account. Often, I feel like I'm pressing my nose up against the glass of other people's lives. This takes time away from those I really love to connect … [Read More...]

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