Bible Stories in the Dark

At night we cuddle under the soft, pink blanket in the dark. As I lay beside you to help you fall asleep, you often chatter ceaselessly about all thing things on your two-year-old mind. Sometimes you pat my growing belly and tell your brother, “Baby, it’s dark out that window.” You are learning the difference between morning…

On Ghosts, Waterfalls, and Family

I saw lots of ghosts this weekend–two little ghosts, both with brown straggly hair, running through the fields, jumping over fences, traipsing through the woods. They were clad in who knows what–they clearly didn’t care. They spoke to each other and created games with their imaginary friends. In busy moments, I sometimes thought I heard…

Lesson 16// Rethink Time and Purpose

Most of us fear that with motherhood comes a loss of self, a loss of value. That has not been my experience. This series has helped me see how much there is to be gained in looking through the eyes of children. After all, we are told that in this journey of faith, we must…

Lesson 15// Be Brave (A Letter)

Dear Little Bug, Recently, I’ve noticed something about you that I want you to hold on to: you are so brave. So many babies and children are whiny when faced with something new or strange. I can be very whiny when faced with something new or strange. But though I expect you to fuss or…

Day 16: Lesson 14 // Participate in the World

I don’t like drawing attention to myself. I don’t like having to ask for help. I don’t like bothering someone. Most of the time, I try to be nearly invisible. If no one else is talking and others seem bored or lonely, I don’t mind stepping up. But I’ve noticed that especially in crowded places,…

Autumn as a Lover (A Mid-Series Post)

I wish I could capture today and put it in a bottle. I’d open it in all those moments of doubt about my relationship with autumn. When she betrays me with days of bitter cold. And fog. And that chill that goes to your bones. I’d capture the sound of the school bell and the…