When we were in the process of adopting Joseph, we finally got word that his in-country court date was set for July. I stared at the calendar and time eked by. I rearranged books in the nursery and resorted tot-sized toys. I made up my mind. My mama heart couldn’t wait any longer. I hammered […]Read More waiting is for the weak
I watched the streets littered with paper confetti, the last bits of celebration swept into piles, destined for giant trash bins. The lingering partiers stumbled home and staff got to work tearing down the barricades. Just an hour before, rosy-cheeked crowds had gathered to sing and kiss and ring in the new year. The excitement wears […]Read More my word for 2015
I think you always need a dose of bravery when you read your words in front of a giant (well, to me!) room full of women. Today at MOPS, I shared a devotional based on this blog post. How do we raise brave kids? Start by being brave mamas! Sometimes, we let people put out the […]Read More 31 days of living free: what is brave?
“MINE. NOW!” he demanded, a chubby finger emphatically pointing toward a cupboard. “MINE. NOOOOOW!” He bellowed. I scooped him up, but when I tried to cuddle him, he threw his head back. He wanted something I wasn’t giving him. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent any amount of seconds with a toddler before, but man. […]Read More 31 days of living free: a demanding heart
Whether you know me from this little online space or we’re face-to-face friends, you’ve probably gathered there are certain aspects to this life that really make my heart beat. Really, I’m passionate about people. About all people knowing how treasured they are. I want women in the Middle East who are fighting to keep their families […]Read More run your race: what i'm passionate about
Unless you’re living under a rock (or you’re one of those troll/rock people in Frozen), you’re probably aware that our world is kind of a hot mess. From the shooting in Ferguson and persecuted families in Iraq, from Ebola outbreaks and fighting in Gaza, I can’t seem to read a newspaper or flip open my laptop or turn on a […]Read More jen hatmaker's "Interrupted" book review and giveaway
“I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing. To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world. The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.” Psalm 27: 4-5 Thanks to the deep and wide generosity of a dear family, we’ve had the privilege […]Read More i'm asking God for one thing