900 Seconds of Light or What Every Parent Needs

I’ve almost forgotten this fact: Raising children can be discouraging. This stands to reason because children are, by definition, not yet what they will be. This not yet quality children possess persists… Continue reading right here

The Dysfunction You Can Laugh About Later

I’m going to tell you the same story two ways. Because that is exactly how most stories go, I think: in different directions. Our second son, David, was about to get married…. Continue reading right here

Boys, Brownies, Signs, and Wonders

I’ve been weeping a lot this week. Which, for me, is not normal. But take a look at the scratched photo above (scratched because he’s our fourth and his pictures never made… Continue reading right here

The Sanctity of the Arm Pat, or How to Be a Humble Parent Not Just a Humbled One

We had a certain feng shui in our home. As noticeable as the furniture placement, our mix of six personalities was exquisitely balanced. Three of us are intense, confrontational extroverts. Three of… Continue reading right here

Why Less is More, or a Boy Mom Learns to Play Hard to Get

I had breakfast with one of my sons this week. Somewhere between our first cups of coffee and our last, he looked at me across the table and said, “We should do… Continue reading right here

The Poster Child for Pastor’s-Family-Goes-to-Hell-in-a-Hand-Basket

Years ago I was the poster child for Pastor’s-Family-Goes-to-Hell-in-a-Hand-Basket. I did not choose this role. In fact, if I could have, I would have chosen to be the poster child for Pastor’s-Family-is-Almost-Perfect,… Continue reading right here

Parents: Take the Long Jump into Mystery

I’ve been working on this post called something like Mama, Don’t Feed Your Children Christian Clichés. In my best snarky voice, I was going to make fun of those moms who demand… Continue reading right here

How a Boy Loves

With a plastic snake, That’s how a boy loves. He wraps it around the milk jug In the refrigerator Or puts it under your pillow So you’ll find it in your Most… Continue reading right here

The Heartache Behind the Hashtag

Today’s post can also be found here at Refuge Coffee Co… I know I should only give a teaser with a link below, but I’ve decided to make it easy to read,… Continue reading right here

If You’re Married and (Sometimes) Lonely

There’s this one thing I still expect my husband to fix. Years ago, as the practical outcome of an epic fight, I wrote my husband a not-so-epic poem. In it, I released… Continue reading right here

All the Glory We Do Not See

Talk about humbling. I have been absent from the blogosphere for almost a month, and this is what I have to say when I return? Basically, this post is about finding God’s… Continue reading right here

How to Be a Fearbuster Mom

Callie’s instagram picture above says just about everything I want to say to young moms today: Put your game face on, but admit that you are terrified. Vulnerability and valor are not… Continue reading right here

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