How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
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Creator of #IllRideWithYou Speaks Out on Hashtags and Solidarity

Have you been following the hashtag #IllRideWithYou on Twitter? It's the latest example of online solidarity, with all the many recent discussion about how to be an ally to a less privileged group (think: #CrimingWhileWhite and the recent blog post by The Blind Side subject Leigh Anne Tuohy). ...more
Reading through these posts yesterday blessed me with so much hope for humanity. I needed every ...more

Why Hanukkah Shouldn't Compete With Christmas

The pressure to compete started early again this year, despite the fact that Hanukkah itself is starting later, not on Thanksgiving day as it did in 2013. ...more
Melissa Ford Thanks Melissa. I'm sure others feel Christmas gets inflated too. It's complicated, ...more

What Hippi hates the rain?

I informed my husband yesterday that I had just made a "no poo" shampoo concoction and I was about to go take a "Hippi Shower".  He looked at me with his Seattle Bred eyes, and said, "honey, Hippi's don't take showers!"  Bahahah!   My husband is hilarious and I'm a huge nerd!  ...more

Love is a Wave and the Ocean

"Loving another person is not separate from loving God. One is a single wave, the other is the ocean” ~ Deepak ChopraI read this quote the other day and it struck me as very true. Not only that, but it applies to loving people with four furry paws, too....more

What The Snow Queen Can Teach About Depression

I've been meaning to read this fairy tale for years, and I'm so glad I finally did. It's beautiful, and it's such a perfect illustration of everything it takes to overcome mental illness that I really have to share. (Pause: yes, this is the Hans Christian Andersen story they took as their inspiration for Frozen, but the two bear only a passing resemblance....more

31 Days of Prayer During Infertility

Welcome to 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility.Please scroll down to read Day 1: Praying for Patience.When I decided to do a 31 Day series, I knew I wanted it to be something that would encourage and strengthen other women going through infertility. I thought about what I struggle with and what I could do to ease the burden of this journey- even a little bit.I realized I needed to do a series on prayer because it’s something I struggle with. My prayers regarding my infertility usually go like this: “Dear God, please give me a baby. Please let this treatment work. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Amen.”There’s nothing wrong with a prayer like that; those types of prayers have their place. But I want my prayers to be more than a checklist of things I hope God gives me. I want to learn more about who God is and, most importantly, deepen my relationship with Him.Each post will consist of a Bible verse, a brief meditation on the day’s topic, and some suggested Scriptures for further study. I’ll also be including a free prayer journal printable for you to record your prayers and insights.I hope you’ll join me in seeking God during the next 31 days!  You can see all my 31 Days posts here.  Day 1: Pray for Patience“This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)Praying for patience is scary.By definition, patience assumes a wait. So by asking God for patience we’re surrendering to the wait.I don’t like waiting.  I want what I want- right now!But Habakkuk 2:3 tells us that God’s vision for our life will happen on His timetable.God is not running late. Everything is going according to (His) schedule.He knows it may feel slow to us, but He promises He’s not delayed.He asks us to wait patiently. To trust that He what He has planned for us will actually happen.As you pray today, ask God to help you wait patiently for His plan to be fulfilled.Download today’s free Prayer Journal Printable or read all the 31 Days posts.  ...more

Unbounded Gratitude

Unbounded Gratitude by Kristin A. Meekhof       Last month I went to Nairobi, Kenya with a small group of widows. We were connected with a charity organization that services widows and their children. We were given the opportunity to meet with the widows, and visit their homes. I had the absolute joy of meeting Peninnah, a mother of three young children. Peninnah is one of those women who you would expect to be depressed and pessimistic, and frankly who could blame her?...more

How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
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No Vacancy in My Heart

We were waiting in Christmas traffic at the intersection to enter Target, with all the road-raging Scrooges that seem to be out this time of year. Horns were honking and cars were going absolutely nowhere, so I turned on the radio and took a sip of my Chestnut Praline latte. My mom sighed in solidarity.“Oh,” she said. “Look over there. Something’s happening.”Something was definitely happening at the Extended Stay motel. Police cars were parked in tandem slots, lights spinning....more

How My Husband Finds Hope During Infertility

This is a post from my husband, Tom.  Be sure to check out his other posts and share them with the men in your life.  ...more

Our Closest Relationships are Our Greatest Spiritual Teachers

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Pierre Teilhard de ChardinI am a student; a continual learner. For me, the journey of growth and evolution has no finish line.I seek out those that are the best in their respective areas of expertise and hire them to teach me....more