Have you ever been so tired you wished you’d come down with a bug, just so you’d have an excuse to stay in bed?
Twenty questions with a stranger
And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them… Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down
Saturday is our family’s favorite day of the week. From Sunday through Friday, we’re busy with school, work, church, sports, music, playdates, and the general busyness which accompanies family life. But on Saturday, we take a breath. We eat waffles for breakfast and the kids listen to radio adventures on a local Christian station. Most… Continue reading Slowing Down
Well, hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve written a lot over the last few months but have been a bit absent here. Let me fill you in. In February, I took a break from blogging, sharing here only what I wrote for Just18Summers. Discouragement and self-imposed deadlines had turned my writing journey into a… Continue reading Why I Went Away
Panic gripped my heart as I read the text from my sister – “Emergency Alert: Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” My sister and her family moved to Hawaii three weeks ago. Just in time to enter the path of a ballistic missile. I fought back tears… Continue reading An Anchored Soul
Things are changing around here. It’s a highlight of every year for me, the writing conference I attended a few weeks ago. I love the drive into the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love the conference center’s picturesque setting. I love connecting with old friends and making new ones. I love learning tools of the trade… Continue reading Things are Changing Around Here
“Look at this picture I drew, Mommy.” I turned my attention to my preschooler’s stick-figure drawing. She explained, “This kid is all alone because his door was open and he fell out of the car.” (In case you're wondering, that has never happened to her, or to anyone else we know.) As I looked at… Continue reading What I Learned from the Kid who Fell Out of the Car
Did we take a wrong turn somewhere, God? This path we’re on is bumpier than I expected. I’m not seeing many "green pastures" or much "still water." It’s certainly not glamorous. I was kind of hoping for something more exciting, less mundane. I know You lead down “paths of righteousness,” but isn’t there a less… Continue reading Did We Take a Wrong Turn?
Sometimes I hear voices in my head. Not the audible, easy to recognize kind. No, the voices I hear are often so sneaky, so subtle, that I don't even realize they're speaking to me. Maybe you know some of them... Comparison Discouragement Worthlessness Resignation Self-sufficiency Self-righteousness Drivenness Fear Unforgiveness... A few weeks ago, I caught myself… Continue reading Voices in my Head