Sunday Confession

Sunday Confession: Reclaiming myself in the Kitchen

October 16, 2017

Yesterday my friend Crystal invited me to (in)courage’s event, (in) real life Friended, surrounding friendship. I was struck by the words from one of the speakers- was it Kristen Strong or Jen Schmidt? My memory escapes, but what I remember was this: “People are inspired by our strengths, but they connect to our failures.” Boom. Isn’t that the truth? But here’s another truth. Confessing failure is scary. Sharing my failures feels like throwing vulnerability out to the wind and then running,…

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Crying in the Walmart Parking Lot

October 4, 2017

I cried in the Walmart parking lot. I cried because there are moments I still feel so damn new in this place. I cried because I’d been on the phone for hours trying to find a local doctor for our family and the earliest appointment is April. April, people. I cried because I’m PMSing and desperately need In N Out in my face. I cried because I want to open every door and window and let the breeze shimmy through…

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The Power of Gentle Words

September 26, 2017

He’s a whirlwind of creativity. I can tell when he gets that squinty, far-off look in his eyes that an idea is simmering and he must.act.NOW! Out comes the paper… run run run… rummage, rummage for watercolors…run run run… “Mom, where are the brushy things?” It’s like watching a tornado in fast-forward. He literally sweeps up everything in his path, spinning and swirling until he lands on the front porch to draw. First with pencil outline, then colors follow. I…

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Social Media, CS Lewis and Chilling Out

September 21, 2017

I wonder if CS Lewis were alive today, would he be a regular on Instagram stories or Facebook Live? Would he really care? This blog is a safe space to share and talk and I’d like to do that with you about something that’s been on my heart: The tension between being still and being online. I say tension because here’s the truth: the more time I spend posting and interacting with people on social media, the bigger my platform…

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Responding yes as a Guest

September 14, 2017

When Ty turned four he wanted to celebrate his birthday with a dance party and homemade chocolate chip cookies on the front lawn. Turned out to be the simplest, sweetest celebration. As we know, the size of a party is affected by the response to four little letters at the end of an invitation: RSVP. Have you ever thought about the opposing perspectives from when you host a party and when you attend as a guest? When we host, we’re…

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Dear Dad: Dreams

August 29, 2017

Dad, I miss you. May have something to do with the boys starting 1st and 3rd grade – getting so big they reach my shoulder – that makes me wish you were coming over to see them after school and ask about their day. I don’t know what time would look like with them now because it’s been so long since you laid on the ground and zoomed cars across slippery wood floors and threw them on the couch. Maybe…

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LEARNING & LOVING

August 23, 2017

Last year I posted LEARNING & LOVING and thought it would be fun to turn this into a monthly letter. One where we share back and forth. Celebratory chain-mail, if you will. But not the weird kind, like if you sign up then suddenly you get gremlin stickers in droves. In no particular order, here’s what I’m LEARNING & LOVING this month: LEARNING: When I make a choice, I first ask myself: “Am I doing this because if I don’t,…

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For my Mama Friends Who Are Doubting Themselves

August 15, 2017

This morning one of our children (who will remain nameless) was found with a rare lego that he may have *ahem* stolen from a *public place* because he *needed it.* After all, the lego was *gifted to him* so he said (at least he didn’t shove it up his nose). Help us all. I’m raising a dishonest manchild. Anyone know what thought followed next? I’m failing at this whole parenting thing. I kid you not, my mind went there. Cuz’…

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Pasture Premier: Come As WE Are

August 2, 2017

In June I collaborated with Kim Leggett from City Farmhouse, Franklin – a kind soul and creative designer – at her event venue in Franklin’s Factory. I shared on the topic of #realisthenewperfect, a chapter from my book, Choosing REAL. Women from the community gathered in her whimsy space to drink wine, enjoy nibbles and meet over authenticity and faith and much in-between. And I came home feeling alive and thought, That was fun!  Until… the next morning when I…

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Slowing Up

July 27, 2017

Quick, quick, let’s go. I need an answer today. …or the hardest for me. What’s been going on? **while eyes dart the room** These orders, demands and questions bring up anxiety like no other. I feel like a robot, hurried to respond or give an urgent answer for an asphyxiated time-frame, to reply to a question where a large period looms as soon as something uninteresting exits my pie-hole. I hate being rushed. Quickened. You too? I didn’t realize this…

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