Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things

When writer-friend Catherine McNeil told me she was writing about the spiritual formation embedded in the baby-toddler-preschooler years, I was anxious to read what she had to say. I well remember discovering that the discipleship model I followed before I had children (hours of uninterrupted Bible study, reading, prayer, and service…
Ruby Slippers

Ruby Slippers

“Ruby Slippers” is the title of the final chapter of my book, Teach Us to Want, and I’m often asked about the significance. Just last week, I met with a small group from my church who had recently finished reading the book, and several people wanted to make guesses about the meaning of…
The Gift of Reading

The Gift of Reading

  Reading has been a gift to our family. It’s a gift when the kids read on their own! But also when we get to snuggle up together and enjoy a story that takes us to unusual times or places and yet still connects to who we are as humans…

Meeting Jesus at the dollar store

True confession: I don’t love shopping at this store. It’s kind of well, cheap—but I guess that’s the point. Sparse, utilitarian. Countless items, each a dollar. I’ve been here (and at Goodwill) more in the last two months than I have in my entire adult life. Because refugees. Their homes…
Where I’m From

Where I’m From

I’m excited to tell you about a collection of essays, stories, and poetry from the women of Redbud Writers Guild, which releases next week! Each contribution ends with a prayer as well as a writing prompt. My own essay, “The Tamarisk,” is an exploration of the longing for permanence in…

Review: Deliberate Acts of Kindness

What do the person running the church nursery, the senior running the register at the local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, and the person unloading canned goods at a food pantry all have in common? They are all volunteers, drawn into service by a desire to make a difference…