Just a few days ago, the mornings were ours, and with it the slow rising, the steaming cups of tea, the sky changing shades of red and orange and gold until the orb finally burst over the horizon. And then we had two middle schoolers. It’s day two of school. The dog and I are … More Mornings, Revised
The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture officially releases August 1, but it’s available now on Amazon, and I’m so excited for it to be out in the world. This was a writing project unlike any I’ve worked on before. Here’s how: 1. It isn’t … More One Week until Official Release of The Family Bible Devotional!
I have a poison ivy rash right now, possibly worse than I’ve ever had before. It’s waking me up from sleep several times a night. I’m using cold compresses and alternating lotions to treat it but may end up asking for a steroid to put me out of my misery. As I was applying a … More When God Made Everything, Even Poison Ivy
Tonight I sat on my husband’s grandmother’s bench in our backyard with Izzy and waited. I waited for one of the boys to whine or run home from the next-door neighbor’s house, where I hoped they had gone after fussing over whether they had to eat all their dinner and then not eating all their … More The Stillness
It’s a big week for me as I head up north to the Festival of Faith and Writing. I love this conference, and at this year’s event, besides hanging out with a boatload of truly excellent people, I get to meet my agent face-to-face. I’m also going to be reading at One Poet, One Poem, and … More This Week in Books and Words and Legos
As the colored lights twinkled on the tree, the gifts were exchanged with Grandpa’s perfect scripted “Santa” on the labels to each of his seven children and their spouses and their children. Each of us cousins sat in our Christmas best, holiday dressed, lined up on the davenport with a pile of unopened presents in … More Advent Day 4: Ghosts of Christmases Past
I’m a Donkey on the edge! Back in November, I surveyed the approach of the holidays, the onset of bowl season, the ramping up of my husband’s travel season, and the end to my four-day work-week on an 11-month contract. With all of the calm and clarity of a person anticipating the possibility of another … More Holiday Greetings from Nine-Month-Contract Land
Here’s a tip for next holiday season: It’s probably a bad idea to eat leftover pierogies every day after Christmas through the New Year. Maybe this wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t also coupled with nut roll. And baklava. And buckeyes. And other delicious calories consumed the last two weeks, all of … More Resolution Time!
A few weeks ago, after Brandon and I returned from celebrating our tenth anniversary, I looked ahead at our calendar for October. There were a lot of commitments that required a lot of babysitters, which translated to many nights and weekends away from the kids (and several hundred dollars in childcare and travel expenses). I … More Right Where I Need To Be
Last night, we went to Bull and Bones Brewhaus and Grill in Blackburg, Virginia (look at that nice alliteration… it’s even a poetic location) for karaoke and drinks. Brandon asked me what moment is most memorable for me from the last ten years together, not counting our wedding day and the births of our children, … More Most Memorable Moment: Ten Years Later