If you’ve messed up for good , maybe it’s good you messed up

We walked out the building, and I saw her leaning against the van, crumpled paper in hand, tears streaking  her face. Part of me wanted to walk the other way. I don't have time to settle one more fight. One more whine. One more emotional … [Read more...]


When our calling is called to us everyday

Dirty dishes were piled high in the kitchen sink. Though it was late afternoon, the breakfast dishes still sat where everyone had hurriedly placed them in the sink during the morning rush. I placed my hands into the sink, running the water to scrape … [Read more...]


To Embrace the Season is to Embrace Him

I’ve scorned the seasons. Casually dismissed entire lumps of living as “just a season” as though all the worth was held in the upcoming season. I’ve looked at the leaves of my life falling around me and held them with disregard, as though only the … [Read more...]


When Halfway There Feels Like the Middle of Nowhere

There's been some disappointments this week. And we're only halfway through. Sometimes halfway there can feel like the middle of nowhere. Take me back to the beginning or bring me to the end, but this middle place isn't where I'd hoped to be. Then … [Read more...]


When You’re Lonely and Feeling Less Than, May You Remember the One Who Calls You By Name

Dear Bella, This is a letter to you. But it's a letter to me. Even as I type the words on the page, I know that I'm trying to tell you what I tell myself. Loneliness crept in this week at school for you.  You didn't tell me right away. You … [Read more...]


The Day the Flowers Disappeared

Their arrival came unannounced. Little by little, small blooms of lavender loveliness burst forth from sleepy buds. Days ago, we stopped to notice that on the most familiar path our family travels multiple times a day, the field blossomed, and … [Read more...]


How to Not Ruin Your Kids in Two Easy Steps

The world's been a little distracted lately. The highest ranking news story tells of Brad and Angelina. There's no last name needed because people are so familiar with their story that everyone knows exactly who I'm talking about. And unless you live … [Read more...]


A Letter To the Girl Who Didn’t Get Asked to Homecoming

I don't know your name. You probably feel like no one knows your name. That you've gone unnoticed and uninvited. I've seen the social media posts of boys asking girls to homecoming in insanely creative ways. Writing invites in their front yard, … [Read more...]


Confession: My Daughter Told Me I Never Laugh

I wanted to tell her it's not true. I did tell her it's not true. But even as the words came out of my mouth, I knew her words rang truer than mine. Can words be truer?  Hers felt like a truer stab into a place I didn't want to admit was there. … [Read more...]


Three Ways the Birds Weathered the Storm (And So Should We)

The birds may never have known of the storm's imminence. Or maybe they did, but found themselves unable to get away from the circulating winds and torrential rains. No doubt, every bird tried to tear away from the storm that would tear them away from … [Read more...]