Bible Stories in the Dark

At night we cuddle under the soft, pink blanketย 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.ย Sometimes you pat my growing belly and tell your brother, “Baby, it’s dark out that window.” You are learning the difference between morning…

When More Me Time Doesn’t Fix Things

A couple of weeks ago, I was having a rough time. I generally get tired this time of year for a few weeks, though I always forget about my fall transitional tiredness until it happens. Being pregnant has added to the fatigue. Then we had two little bouts of sickness in our family, and it…

All the Things You Should Be Doing

We were standing in the card aisle of a drugstore when the conversation happened. I knew my friend’s mom fairly well. We were talking about health concerns, and she said something along the lines of, “The hard thing about getting older is realizing you won’t have time for all you planned to do.” My optimistic…

Naked Celebrities and Sprained Ankles

Another celebrity disrobes in front of the camera. There’s a flurry of opinions, some shaming and some praising. Is it something to celebrate that a woman “bares all” for the camera? Does this make her empowered? There’s debate about whether she’s even beautiful. Does it matter? It makes me think about our flesh. What is…

Will You Lose Yourself in Motherhood?

To my younger self: You see it on many blogs, websites, and in parenting magazines. And though you’ve never really wondered until now, you areย warned that you will lose yourself when this baby comes in a few months. If you love motherhood, you’re in danger of losing your self. If you struggle, you’re also in…

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…

That Old Shirt and Abundant Living

I’ve been cutting my wardrobe down to a capsule wardrobe (which I’ll share later this week!), and in the process, I’ve been forced to confront my stuff again. I often cling to clothes, and this particular wardrobe work has shown me my fears in this area. I am reluctant to get rid of clothes “in…