advent week 1: hope

[During Advent this year, my friend Matt and I are posting weekly on the season's common themes: hope, love, joy, and peace. You can read Matt's first post at Pillar of Cloud.]...more

pumpkin sausage soup

I know it happens at your house: you spend all day on household projects, and suddenly it's past dinnertime and you haven't started cooking. We're trying to be better, especially now that my failing to eat makes the baby hangry, too. But sometimes you just need something that you can assemble while you're finishing up the other tasks, something that satiates your deep craving for nourishment, something that uses up all the pumpkin puree leftover from the pie....more

what to do about seminary?

About a week and a half ago, I spent the day talking about leadership with my colleagues. We sat in a circle, nibbling on chocolate mints and letting the unseasonably warm wind blow off the water and into the house.At one point, several of us weighed in on this question: Have you ever been thrust into leadership without sufficient preparation and perhaps to the detriment of those you were leading?...more
ABeautifulAdventure That's a helpful distinction -- that many folks abroad get the training ...more

i painted like this

Another afternoon of watercolor with my sister, in preparation for the babe. I was not on my watercolor game. Those bears aren't the worst of it. I said to Hope, "I painted like this so our girl knows that nobody's perfect, not even her mom."...more

friends, i love you.

How many times must I remind myself?...more


That time you felt forlorn and forgotten, and then everyone showed up with their favorite books of all time.(She's going to be one well-read baby.)(This post is one in a November series for NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. You can find the rest here.)...more

some days are like that

Thank you for families. Thank you for those people who, just as I'm on the verge of falling apart, swoop into town with strong arms for shifting furniture and ingredients for both lunch and dinner and the kind of hugs I'm glad I haven't outgrown. Thank you for sending them the day after I had to read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as bedtime consolation and still believed that moving to Australia was probably the solution....more

lemon ricotta cake

In the darkness yesterday evening, we made our way to our friends’ house to read Scripture and to pray.Honestly, we weren’t sure what the night would look like. Feeling soul-parched, we figured gathering with others to fill ourselves with living water could probably quench that thirst. But we didn’t quite trust that it would. So we drove over, nervous and unprepared, a simple lemon cake in tow. We hoped that if nothing else worked, at least we’d have cake....more

nope, i'm good.

Today, I took a walk at lunch. The thermometer said 71°F. My clothes were sticking to me when I came back in. (That could also be the personal space heater I’m carrying around with me these days. Thanks, baby.)...more

pins to come back to

For all the reasons that I ever commit to write, I'm writing again this November as part of NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. At this time two years ago, I was in the airport, on my way to California for my grandma's birthday, determined to get back in the writing saddle. I'm forever falling out....more