The Gift of Uncertainty

Back in April, about a month into distance learning, Frank and I were chatting over lunch and I floated the idea of homeschooling. Like, really homeschooling with our own curriculum and schedule. It would mean pulling our girls out of our beloved neighborhood school, where they are known and loved. It would mean Elle missing … Continue reading The Gift of Uncertainty

Walking Seven Miles

I wrote this piece for SheLoves Magazine in May and completely forgot to share it here. I think that's pretty indicative of the state of our lives right now... Even though the words were written during the Easter season, I still think about walking those seven miles away from Jerusalem. We're still grieving small and … Continue reading Walking Seven Miles

Transitions When Life is Always the Same

After a particularly dreary winter followed quickly by a stay-at-home order, spring is finally here. Of course, we can't plant our annuals just yet for fear of another frost, but besides that potential, trees are blooming, windows are wide open for the majority of the day, and the hope of sunshine and an emergence from … Continue reading Transitions When Life is Always the Same

Review: The Basic Bible Atlas by John A. Beck

I remember my first "real" Bible that I received as a middle schooler. It was marketed toward students and had applicable study questions scattered among the text. But one of my favorite parts of this Bible were the full-color maps at the beginning. I was able to imagine the world of the Ancient Israelites, track … Continue reading Review: The Basic Bible Atlas by John A. Beck

The World is Good

The days are running into each other. I'm not reminded of Groundhog Day, at least not yet, but my general motivation waxes and wanes by the moment. Some days seem doable and I'm ready to do all the things. Other days, I wonder why it really matters whether or not I get up with my … Continue reading The World is Good

Saving My Live – COVID-19 Edition

We are just over 24-hours into a stay at home order and on day -5 of home learning. Our spring break started this gradual-but-fast lockdown and I'm so thankful we had a full week to rest, get outside, and not worry about schedules, routines, and the rest of the school year. This past week has … Continue reading Saving My Live – COVID-19 Edition

Review: Defiant by Kelley Nikondeha

Before I begin, I want to give a full disclosure: Kelley is a dear friend - one with whom I chat every day (sometimes several times a day!) I had the honor of reading the very first draft of Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom back when it was loosely called … Continue reading Review: Defiant by Kelley Nikondeha

Living a Still Life

Our COVID-19 disruptions conveniently began with Spring Break. I spent the week before shopping a bit more - buying an extra bottle of olive oil and making sure we had some veggie soup frozen for later but I really didn't think to systematically go through my cupboards until an emergency was announced and schools closed … Continue reading Living a Still Life

When Redemption Means a New Foundation

I have learned so much from Cara Meredith's journey toward racial reconciliation. Her book, The Color of Life is a must-read for anyone embarking on the journey of grappling with tough questions. She has generously opened her platform to ask questions around "Listen, Learn and Listen Some More" and I have the honor of sharing … Continue reading When Redemption Means a New Foundation

Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

Growing up, I had a complicated relationship with worship at church. I was raised in a setting where hands were held high in praise, where we swayed with our eyes closed, and where outwardly expressions of worship were a direct indication of your personal relationship with God. My naturally critical spirit turned toward an unhealthy … Continue reading Dismantling Cynicism for Lent