Last Summer at Eden for #NLSW


Let's celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week with some Last Summer at Eden love. My Young Adult novel tells the story of Poppi, who wants to save Camp Eden, a beautiful place with a mysterious problem that might close it down. Check out what people are saying about Last Summer at Eden here. Or watch the (30-second) book video below. You'll love it. Here are three ways I can connect with … [Read more...]

Eat This Paleo Breakfast Casserole Everyday!

Maybe, like me, you’re a Healthy Eating Frequent Visitor. It’s like when you visit the same hotel or city or country over and over. When you do, you become really familiar with the place. You love this ice cream shop and that place for shrimp po-boys and that other place for the deliciously strong coffee. This is how I am with the Land of Eating… I visit Whole30 Island, Paleo Peninsula, and … [Read more...]

What Do You Want MORE?

We are summering SO HARD over here. My kids have forgotten they ever attended school. When they see pictures of their class Christmas party, they claim they weren’t even there. They have amnesia about how homework even works. We are now summer people. The kids are not taking long baths, they are jumping in the pool, and we’re calling it good. They have traded the red polos and khaki shorts of … [Read more...]

Mama Bears, We Do Not Need Your Help

Mama Bear: a well-meaning mother who scolds teachers, shames coaches, and "helps" other parents by delivering never-ending advice about how to protect her kids. Dear Mama Bear..... You are 2018's Helicopter Mom. I know. You desperately want to save the next generation from the evils of volunteer coaches, minimum-wage lifeguards, and teachers who yell. Please stop. You are teaching your kids to … [Read more...]

No One Cares if You Write…


A few months ago I joined a gym for one reason: accountability. I was tired of falling asleep—my day's step count at a dismal low—and vowing to myself that I WOULD work out the next day. Only to discover that the next day was like the one before it—filled with good intentions, but not much of me pulling on my running shoes and hitting the trails. I needed more than just guilt and flabby … [Read more...]

Fred Tonn Taught Us to Ask Three Questions

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Fred Tonn (who we called "Uncle Fred") has been a big part of my whole life. For all the really big moments in our family--and the millions of tiny moments--Uncle Fred has been there. He has sat with us, laughing, singing, telling stories and jokes, and always (always) praying for us. I can't find words to say how important Uncle Fred has been in my life, or in the lives of my kids and husband. … [Read more...]

Camp Counselor Care Package Giveaway!

  How To Enter the Giveaway: 1. Click here to enter your favorite camp counselor to win this week's care package.  2. I'll select a random THREE WINNERS this Wednesday, June 14. (Entries close at midnight) 3. If your counselor is selected, I'll send them a care package stuffed with homemade cookies, notes, glow sticks, Bible verses, and SO MANY other goodies! (If your counselor doesn't … [Read more...]

Join Last Summer at Eden Launch Team!


Hello! I am so happy to announce that my new fiction book, Last Summer at Eden, will be out in a couple months. This book is my absolute favorite because it’s a celebration of so many of my loves: camp, Jesus, teens, and romance. For years, I've wanted to share this story with the world and I can't believe this book is finally ready to find its audience. Check out this book trailer. I LOVE it. It … [Read more...]

House Hunters


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away om evil. It will be healing to your esh and re eshment to your bones. —Solomon in Proverbs 3:5–8 Looking for a new house started out as a lot of fun. It was like a reality show … [Read more...]

The Endorphins Will Carry You

The Endorphins

“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” —God in Ezekiel 36:26 Summer was coming, and I needed to lose some weight. During our busy spring, I had gotten in the habit of grabbing fast food and skipping the gym. Now our calendar was filling up with bathing-suit activities, and my … [Read more...]