Making a spiritual discipline of Sabbath

By |2018-03-02T16:45:04-06:00October 13th, 2012|

What does a life of Sabbath Simplicity look like? The unfortunate stereotypes of constant leisure or contemplation don't come anywhere near my crazy working mom life. But I am committed to living a sanely-paced, God-focused [...]

The empty nest

By |2012-10-04T22:26:42-05:00October 4th, 2012|

This couch feels vast tonight. Alone, I cannot fill it. I sit, laptop on well, my lap. How many times did I sit on this generous couch, a tweed the color of coffee with cream, [...]

The spiritual practice of hospitality

By |2018-03-02T18:58:07-06:00April 24th, 2012|

Parsnips, a humble root vegetable, wait calm on a cutting board. A blue-collar veggie, they oddly resemble the gnarled and always slightly dirty digits of a day laborer. Slowly I scrape away the earthy/auburn skin [...]


By |2011-10-16T21:37:51-05:00October 16th, 2011|

I'm speaking on Sabbath next month, so I thought I'd take some notes on what Sabbath looks like at our house, with two teenagers. Fire, fierce and warming, glows in the worn brick fireplace in [...]

“Just a mom”??

By |2018-03-02T19:00:09-06:00September 13th, 2011|

Every time I hear a woman describe what she does by starting with the words, “I’m just…” I want to shake her. And then hug her. And say, there’s no such thing as “just a [...]

What do you do with the quiet?

By |2011-07-11T08:43:26-05:00July 11th, 2011|

By 7 a.m., my husband had left for an early morning meeting, my son had been picked up for volleyball camp. My daughter, who is fighting a cold, still jet-lagged, and well, 17, is still [...]

Limiting “screen time”

By |2010-12-28T14:14:47-06:00December 28th, 2010|

Reader and FB friend Lynda wrote to ask a parenting question. I'm no expert, so I'd love your opinion on this: "how do you limit electronics for your children in your home?" Our kids are [...]

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