In our hearts, we want the genuinely strong stuff that can withstand all the weathering and battering that life dishes out. We marvel at the tin and oak and glass of our grandparent’s generation. “Things just aren’t made the way they used to be,” we say. But when it comes to daily reality, we settle for furniture that looks strong enough to have survived years of cuts and scratches, but is just glued together with pressed wood and thin nails.
Camping with small children might feel like more of a hassle than it’s worth, but the memories we have made … More
I experimented with MANY recipes while camping for almost a month straight with four small children. After all of my … More
Lately a lot of things I trusted in have gotten shaky. The entrepreneurial venture my husband embarked on ended after 2 1/2 years with disappointment, injustice, and a net loss of money. The small church I have poured myself into over the past seven years has shrunk even more over the last few months. And conflicts out of my control have attacked my peace during nights of little sleep.
Wiggling, squirming, “falling” out of their chairs… giggling, snorting, popcorn missing their mouths and hitting the floor. Eighteen middle school … More
My husband and I always said that “someday” we wanted to foster or adopt. When we were challenged by a … More
We make Church and Christianity and following Jesus so complicated. But it’s pretty simple, really. The Good News Both elevates … More
Twenty of us were sitting in the living room on a mish-mash of recliners, couches, and chairs pulled in from … More
If you have talent healing words money a home leadership skills time creativity energy wisdom food freedom… Please do not … More
I used to pity the woman with the issue of blood. Twelve years of unresolved pain, draining her energy and health … More
Whether the weather is getting to you or whether the “clouds” overhead look more like grief or anxiety, we all … More
Last year our Christmas tree fell over – well, got knocked over, really – right after we had finished decorating … More
Who is a difference-maker in your life that deserves some thanks? So many “little” things that regular ol’ people like you and me do unexpectedly impact attitudes, atmospheres, and situations in huge ways.
I’m right. I’m always right. I cling to my right-ness as a part of my identity; it is core to … More
You would never use just one word to define a place, or a historical figure, or a feeling, or a food, or even another word. It would be completely inadequate. You might say “tasty”… and then you add, “But the lemon flavor is a little too overpowering.” Or you might say “bored”… but then you would say, “Because I miss my friend who is away on a trip.” And although some of our personal culture and identity are tied to the words “black” and “white”, these words are incomplete when used as the sole definition of a human being.