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An Intentional Advent

Advent season is my favorite.I am usually in a daze of wonder for the whole of December. Star stricken by the Divine humanity. It is a well from which to draw all year long.The clearest memories I have of Christmas as a child are threefold. I remember reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning, my dad’s deep voice rooting the words right down in my bones. We always cut down a live tree, even in the lean years, at Colonel...

Happy First Birthday Darling Girl

To my darling girl, my girl of grace. Before I begin … A dear friend said recently, “Sometimes life just becomes unsayable, and being quiet is the only sound a person can make.” And so I have been, in my virtual space, sitting in silence while I do the hard, necessary work of surrender. It’s not that we don’t have a cup running over with all the goodness that God gives us – we do. But the Refiner’s fire is...

On Healing

So this little postscript on healing is the accidental part two to my previous post. And happens to be the prompt for a lovely community of grace filled writers who get together on Fridays and write and read and encourage. HEAL(ING) See, after all that, after 11 plus years of grief and grace, I am reminded afresh that in our darkest moments, God doesn’t give us the answers we think we want. AND YET. He is still good. He is still...

On veterans, giants, heroes, and my dad. (Part 1 of 3).

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three part series on why I served. To all my veterans, my people, on this day, and every other – thank you. It’s not enough, but it’s what I have.  Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things. Knows not the livid loneliness of fear, nor mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings. ~Amelia Earhart...

Happy Birthday to my First Girl

Oh friends. The suitcases are (FINALLY) put away, there is still a box or ten to unpack in the house and we are simultaneously mourning the end of the summer o’ cousins and celebrating the end of the epic move to the woods.  And yesterday (I mean 10 ish days ago) we celebrated a happiest of birthdays for our J Girl, the last night with cousins, and old friends in a new place with our first bonfire (and more birthday s’mores) at our...

Mom’s Night Out and Hollywood Stories

Hey friends, remember when I went to Hollywood? Yeah, still can’t believe that happened.  When this video showed up all over my Facebook feed, it reminded me I owe you some stories, something about Tinseltown and movie stars and stretch limousines. (Also, super embarrassing for this camera shy momma.) Except, when I think about those whirlwind of days, the material trappings of a very lovely trip are not what I think about first. Oh, don’t worry, there were plenty of material trappings and...

New Again – Resurrection Day 2015

Happy Resurrection Day friends. Death is defeated, and Jesus reigns.  Tell the world there is hope in His name.   He pushed back the darkness, He conquered our sin.  And Christ will make all things new again.  And Christ will make all things new again.  We have experienced the truth and hope of the gospel countless times in the whole of our lives. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – these photos represent  one moment of joy, of perfection on...

Standing In The Gap ~ My Allume, and the Preemptive Love Coalition

(Hospitality was the theme of the Allume conference I attended this weekend. I was refreshed in every way. Creatively, spiritually, relationally, and by more holy in my hotel rooms, but this, this story, this family, and this organization is my 2014 Allume.) I sat next to a homeless man in church on Sunday, after Allume. It took me some minutes of wondering to see it-they don’t always hold a sign, and it’s not something I would blurt out in conversation, even...