An Invitation to Share your Hope and Reason

I believe that sharing our stories is a powerful thing. It’s why I write. It’s why I keep journals and memory books for my kids. And it’s why I was so excited to learn about the Hope & Reason course from Elise Hurd!* Elise is a mom of six who spent ten years developing this […]

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What story are you choosing to tell?

“How was your weekend?” someone asks. It’s a fair question and a common one. And answering it presents an opportunity to curate your life: to showcase the parts you want people to see in order to keep people at a distance, or to invite them into more authentic relationship. On Saturday, we went to a […]

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How to Love Across Social Boundaries

How do you take your coffee? Your answer may reveal a lot about you. Are you a purist, only drinking it black? Do you pour over, use a french press, or use a standard coffee maker? Do you grind your own beans? Do you use flavored creamers? I started drinking coffee at 14, when I […]

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On Dealing with Disappointment

One day as I was vacuuming our stairs with our dust-buster, the hose attachment broke. I had only cleaned halfway up the first of three flights of stairs in our townhouse. “What am I supposed to do now,” I wailed in frustration. “You could try the shop-vac in the garage!” my husband suggested. I had […]

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Facing Fear with Faith

It rained last month in San Diego. As is usually the case, TV journalists were on the scene, standing in front of puddles and cautioning drivers everywhere. In our family, wet weather means my husband can’t ride his bike to work, so we all pile into the family car to drop him off then bring […]

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Grace for the New Year

We’re a few days into January and I’ve been bombarded for what seems like weeks with messages about becoming a new and better version of myself in 2019. Between magazines at the checkout aisle, to TV commercials, to my email inbox, even to my Instagram feed, everyone wants to tell me how to meet my […]

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On Playing your Note

I took my boys to the Christmas concert at church on Sunday afternoon, our first time going. At four and six years old, I hoped they could sit through an hour of beautiful musical performances. They burned off some extra energy at the reception beforehand, running around the tables with their little friends and sneaking […]

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