Keeping Children Safe in Our Churches

Keeping Children Safe in Our Churches

I descended the stairs to the basement of my sister-in-law's church, my four year-old in tow. I joined the line of moms and tots waiting to be signed in for child care during our MOPS meeting. When I reached the front of the line, a friendly young mom entered my family's basic information into their computer system and printed out 2 labels with my … [Read more...]

On Knowing Yourself and Why It Matters

  When the bright red bubble of happiness popped up on my Facebook notifications, I eagerly clicked. Join my event, it urged! Such and such for sale, come over for appetizers and shopping. I immediately clicked “Can’t Go.” It wasn’t because it was sales. Being in business myself, I appreciate these kinds events. I've put on these kinds … [Read more...]

Being Stuck

Being Stuck

Image credit: TriangleReva via Flickr The entrance to the complex for two of our children's schools is about a block past an overpass. Our route to three of four different school buildings involves driving on that overpass multiple times a day. Last summer, a truck driving on the highway below it misjudged its height and smashed into the … [Read more...]

Think Again {A Book Review}

Think Again {A Book Review}

I am an introvert and classic over-thinker. It's easy for me to get stuck in my own head, so when Litfuse Publicity offered me the opportunity to review a new book by Jared Mellinger called Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection, I happily accepted. Overall, Think Again provides great encouragement to seek balance in our thoughts, … [Read more...]

Okay Forty, Let’s Do This!

Okay Forty, Let’s Do This!

Many people lament the approach of their fortieth birthday--over the hill and all that. Gone the youthful thirties maybe? Not me. My outlook often falls outside the mainstream, and turning forty is no different. While these outlying perspectives used to create anxiety, I now embrace them as being uniquely me. That's what turning forty does, … [Read more...]

This Is Who You’re Supporting {Cyber Monday}

This Is Who You’re Supporting {Cyber Monday}

For over two years, so many of you have not only offered kind words and encouragement, but you've also referred people to me and partnered with me in business. With every essential oil kit you've bought and every order you've placed, you've helped pay for music lessons, buy a Homecoming dress, send a middle schooler on a class trip, and even … [Read more...]

Good Good Father?

Seven different piles surrounded me on the carpet of my bedroom floor: a small mountain of mismatched socks, fluffy bath towels and wash cloths, never fully clean 5T boys tees and jeans, three separate girls’ stacks, and my own sweaters and leggings. A Casting Crowns playlist wafted from my phone to distract me from my dislike of the never-ending … [Read more...]

When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

Facebook has this handy little feature in which it brings up "memories," things you've posted on that particular day in previous years. It makes for some serious nostalgia, oohs and ahs over baby pictures, plenty of laughs, and occasional cringing. Ultimately, I'm a fan because these memories highlight how much I've changed. Or maybe I should … [Read more...]

Doing What I Can Do {A Story about My Son}

Doing What I Can Do {A Story about My Son}

My little guy wants to do what his big sisters do. He repeats their jokes and catch phrases, right down to their tone of voice. He watches to see what they pack in their book bags for school and imitates it. He knows the songs they like and belts them out at inopportune times. Yes, despite occasional squabbles, he adores them. I send roller … [Read more...]

Worshiping in Color

Note: Due to a technical difficulty, a draft of this review was delivered  to email subscribers. My apologies, and thanks for your understanding. What follows is the final draft. * * * I've had my eye on journaling Bibles for awhile now.  When I stumbled across an illustrator's notetaking version, I finally jumped. Though I was tempted to … [Read more...]