Together, we are a coat of many colors gracing the broad shoulders of Jesus. … More The (G)race of Community
A few weeks ago I was the parent in charge of the playground. “Mama, we have to have someone watch us to play outside. Can you watch us?” I looked up from my book and smiled at my son. “Sure.” We left the room full of band students with their assorted books, recorders, drumsticks and … More Boys. A poem about…well…boys!
It did this mama’s heart so good. All seven of us, together in the same room as Daddy lit the first hearthfire of the season and we marked it with a feast, a liturgy and laughter. Chicken pot pie was the main dish, an easy dinner that brought everyone to the kitchen. Green beans were … More Hearthfire and Frost: Finding Joy in the Gifts of Autumn
Summer went out with a hissy fit. The last few days were hotter than blue blazes. We sat, melting, on the sidelines of a soccer field and I drank a half-gallon of water within an hour plus I got a sunburn. Just a week later, on the heels of a thunderstorm, Autumn moved in. I … More How to Simply “Fall”
On August 15, a book that has been two years in the making will be published. Compiled by Katherine Piper, Hope for the Adoption Journey is a book written for a very special type of mom: Adoptive and foster moms. The fact is, our parenting experiences are different and can often be isolating, but this … More Hope For The Adoption Journey
August came gently, with cooler evenings and mornings to balance the hot afternoons. My longing for Autumn began to grow into an ache as a few leaves turned bright red in the tops of young trees in our yard. Vibrant and teasing of what is to come. (And unusually early!) The busy of the school … More The Silver Mist
Change, it is a-happening around here. My oldest, my firstborn, my suddenly taller-than-me man-child who made me a mama is a Senior in high school. A SENIOR. He was on my hip with a blankie in hand just five minutes ago. Add to that the preparations for the homeschool year of my younger four, (I … More Into a New Season
Last week’s post resonated with so many of you. You wrote to me, commented on my Facebook page, and generally said you felt like it was written just for you. This world is so dangerous. It seems to be spiraling out of control, with sentiment against the people of God growing more sour, more violent, … More The Turning of Peter (and maybe of us)
How much of our life and energy is spent trying to prevent something “bad” from happening? God showed me something today that I want to share with you. In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus has a pointed conversation with Simon Peter. Just off the heels of the institution of the Lord’s Supper and the argument among the … More The Tumble and the Turning
As you may know, I am a huge fan of Sally Clarkson. I wrote all about her in this post. She has written several books that have changed the way I live and her podcast is on constant play when I am in my car. For the past month I have had the pleasure of being … More Excitement!