This morning we were out of coffee and we have house guests so I went on an early morning coffee run. I drove here with the windows down and the radio off. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I was alone with my thoughts. The cool early morning breeze was... Continue Reading →

Relearning Love

Somewhere in the four and half years, amidst buying a house, having two children, mourning my dad, and starting a new job, I forgot how to love my husband. It actually surprised me that it took only four years. I'd heard about the "seven year itch" so I expected to have a few more years... Continue Reading →

Two Stories of 2013

It's the last day of 2013 and I really, really want to write a post. I have a lot of other things on my to do list today but for now they wait. Big moments of 2013 ... let's see. There were a couple milestone birthdays. My son turned one and I turned 35. Then... Continue Reading →

Portland: An Unexpected Adventure

Chris and I are in Portland, OR.We originally planned this trip in order to explore the city and surrounding areas before we moved here. We were going to choose a suburb, check out churches and possibly even look at houses to rent or buy.(The whole moving thing might come as a surprise, because we hadn't... 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 →

19 Months and 10 Days

That's how long it took Cara to take her first steps. We have been waiting for this day for a long time, so when it finally arrived, it called for immediate celebration. We dropped everything and went out for gelato. (We thought that her first gelato was an appropriate treat for the little Italian.) When... 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 →

Speaking the Truth

This video has been making its rounds on Facebook. I hadn't watched it, just assuming it was another overly-hyped video that had gone viral around my Christian-saturated Facebook world. But so many people commented on it, that I finally sat down to watch it.I'm so glad I did. I love it. This is TRUTH. And... Continue Reading →

How I Found Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving I'm having a hard time figuring out how I feel. I know how I'm "supposed" to feel, but honestly I don't feel very thankful. Rather, sad and little bit angry. I think of Thanksgiving last year, and I guess the thing that I'm thankful for this year is that last year is over.... Continue Reading →

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