She's Teaching Me

My three-year-old sits across from me on the couch, ankles crossed, leaned back and confidently rocking her pink and teal mix-matched pajamas. Her curls fall out of messy pigtails and she’s grinning from ear-to-ear as she watches a video starring her as a baby. Her chubby hands grip my phone and she’s singing along to the familiar soundtrack. She loves watching her story unfold on the screen and lately she’s been asking to watch the video more and more.

I watch her in quiet awe, and I feel sentimental wondering how long she’ll be like this.

A Million Dreams of the World He’s Gonna Make

Have you ever deeply longed for something? The dictionary suggests some synonyms for longing: “thirst, hunger, ache…”

We can romanticize those words all we want. But being thirsty, hungry, or having a perpetual ache are rarely fun experiences.

And what are we hungry or thirsty or aching for?

Spins and Soft Landings

“There’s only so much willpower one has when surrounded by piles of Christmas stocking stuffer chocolate and the visible evidence of impulse holiday cheese purchases every time you open the fridge.

And every year, I inevitably encounter a problem called reality.”

To Be Faithful

Are you ready for 2019?

I don’t know about you but the days between Christmas and New Years tend to be filled with lots of disorientation over days and dates. These fuzzy hours are mostly spent planning for the future, cleaning up the holiday mess, purging “ all the things” and sugar bingeing the holiday treats before we go on a diet New Years Day (although this year my husband talked me into getting healthy the day after New Years so we can overindulge a little longer). 

The Grinch

There’s a part in Dr. Seuss’ famous Christmas tale, where the Grinch complains about all the whos down in Who-ville. They are singing and enjoying Christmas and that Grinch hates it. He is sick and tired of all the “Oh the NOISE, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!” He then comes up with a devious plan to sabotage Christmas.

 The Grinch is gnarly, green and ridiculous, right? He’s a hard character to relate to.

 Except sometimes, if I’m honest, I am a little like that Grinch.

A True Story: Pressing Send & Letting Go

The Bible says perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4:18)

I want to be a woman who is fearless.

The only way I know to become that woman, is to be anchored to the deep love of Christ.

To deeply know the love of Jesus Christ is to be a woman who can love with total freedom.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Poison That Destroys It AND A Powerful Antidote)

“The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are theoretically my favorite weeks of the year.

I replay images in my head of Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas,” evenings strolling in the crunchy snow with steaming hot chocolates and my handsome man, candlelit churches filled with the off-key joy-filled voices of precious rosy-cheeked children, the mouth-watering goodness of peppermint mochas and powdered sugar snowball cookies…

Aww… I love all the things.”  

Rise & Shine; It's Butt Falling Time...

Last night, my husband, Brian, came home from his respectable day job as a middle school principal. Our kids excitedly brought their play costumes into the living room to make preparations for their upcoming Halloween school parties. A long, tangled, brunette wig was placed on Brian’s head.

And then something magical happened.

Ugh. Labels.

Honest confession: I’ve spent a good majority of my life being obsessed with labels.

Labels, aka man-made attempts to brand and identify what something is or is not.

Have you ever been labeled with something?

Maybe, like me, you haven’t always liked the labels put on you. 

Getting Up & Stepping Out

This past weekend, I went to Cannon Beach. I love being there. There’s something special about the fresh ocean air, the rhythm of the waves hitting the sand, the seagulls talking to one another, the pillar of Haystack Rock and the stillness of the morning…

A Dream & Reality Collision

“I paid $20 to go volunteer in Caleb’s classroom today.  I sit with a glue stick and construction paper and wonder how this happened to my life.”  - Thoughts after paying a babysitter for a couple hours in my son’s Kindergarten classroom.