The Battle for “Us”

Chris and I have been married for five and a half years. Recently (the past few weeks) I've had this feeling that we are under attack. There is a FrankPeretti-style spiritual battle raging for our marriage and my eyes are being opened to it. And as they are, I'm getting pissed. The dumbass devil thinks I'm going to sit back... Continue Reading →

2014: The Year I Quit Faking It

So about this time one year ago I wrote a post summing up my year. It was a look at the Giovagnoni family, raw and unfiltered. That unconventional approach to a Christmas letter seemed to resonate with some people, so here we go again. First things first. Big things in 2014 ... Cara started ballet. We... Continue Reading →

On Depression

Every time I see the news that a celebrity took his own life, it is a sad reminder to me that depression is a cruel and indiscriminate enemy. It can – and often does – take us by total surprise, destroying the ones we think are least susceptible to it. Until a few years ago (six, to be... Continue Reading →

Something Tangible About Heaven

Today would have been my dad's 61st birthday. Of course, we are going to get ice cream tonight to remember him. He wouldn't have wanted it any other way.Five years ago I wrote a post for his birthday, not having any idea that I would only have two more birthdays with him.I'm going to repost... Continue Reading →


I can't stop thinking about The Boston Marathon. When I first heard about the explosions, I didn't really give it much thought. I just assumed it was some people playing around ... maybe a few teenagers getting into trouble. But as I learn more, it's weighing heavier and heavier on my heart. Then last night... Continue Reading →

Speaking of abortion …

All the uproar on social media this week over the Kermit Gosnell trial has kept the whole abortion issue heavy on my mind, and frankly, thank goodness for social media. Because the mainstream news outlets certainly aren't talking about it. I checked Nothing. I checked Google News. Nothing. I checked Nothing. Unbelievable. But... Continue Reading →

My Moment with Mumford

A few days ago I had one of those moments. You know every once in a while when you have those few seconds where it seems that everything is just right with the world and God seems physically present? I was driving to an appointment in early afternoon. I was driving up a hill and... Continue Reading →

On Parenting

As the mother of a 16-month-old and another on the way, I've been thinking a lot of the kind of parent I want to be. How much do I shelter my kids from the world? How much do I let them learn things "the hard way?" How much do I protect them? What is my... Continue Reading →

Finding My Faith: The Beginning

As I sit here writing this morning, the sky out the front window is pink. Or maybe orange. Actually it's somewhere in between the two, like a color from Heaven that doesn't exist on Earth. It's pretty amazing.God continues to surprise me. (Really, why should I be surprised? He's God.)This morning I got an email... Continue Reading →

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