7 Quick Takes about a special vintage dress, a hiphop wedding, and that moment when all your cards are declined at Wal Mart

— 1 — I’m back! I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been savoring my real life. I spend my mornings gazing out the window, prayerfully watching the morning sun filter through the clouds as I sip my coffee ....more

7 Quick Takes Friday

I couldn’t get my post together for this week (taking a 10-day vacation with young children probably having something to do with it), but I look forward to reading everyone else’s. Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Feast of the Assumption! ...more

7 Quick Takes about hiking fails, questions about DC, the smells of the Bible, and the best baby photobomb ever

— 1 — Greetings from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina! (At least I think I’m in the western part of the state. I keep trying to look up my location on a map, but every time I’m interrupted because my one-year-old has found a crayon and is writing on my aunt’s white couch or is pulling a lamp off the table.) Anyway, it’s absolutely beautiful out here, and my aunt and uncle couldn’t be more gracious and welcoming ....more

Four amazing talks from the Edel Gathering

I survived the flights out here to North Carolina, and am now at my aunt and uncle’s mountain cabin! I have to say, for all my prophesying of doom, the flights ended up being…EXACTLY AS DIFFICULT AS I THOUGHT THEY’D BE. But we’ll talk about that more on Friday. 2.5 seconds after this photo was taken, I had to run grab the baby before he hurled himself down the deck stairs ....more

7 Quick Takes about Edel 2015, the impending doom of me traveling with a baby, and why there’s a shot of a man in a banana suit on the IP website

— 1 — The official pictures from the Edel Gathering are up! You can check them out at my uncle Kevin Geraghty’s photography site here. My sweet uncle generously offered to come out and handle all the pictures, and I’m thrilled with how they turned out ....more

Fill the Cathedrals: What I learned from dancing like a fool at the Edel Gathering

I had this dream that I was on a dance floor with dozens of new friends, and I suddenly...more

7 Quick Takes Friday – off at Edel edition!

I can’t believe that after all these months, the Edel Gathering is finally here! I’ll be updating on Instagram and Twitter, and you can follow the fun by checking out the #edel14 hashtag. 7 Quick Takes will be hosted by...more

The ecstatic joy of knowing you have a soul (and why I loved The Fault in Our Stars)

A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question: The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting? One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad stuff happens. Why did I need to read that?” She is on Team Depressing, and a lot of people I know are with her ....more