The Greatest Sweepstakes EVER

My aunt has won vehicles in sweepstakes contests. Not once. Not twice. But THREE TIMES. Impossibly good luck? Maybe that too. But mostly, it's because of the sheer volume of entries. Filling out those forms is how she unwinds. She doesn't knit or watch junk tv or go on frivilous shopping errands. She does plenty of worthwhile things in her very full and busy life, like granparenting and teaching nursing students and being a full-time minister's wife, just to name a few. But when she has downtime … [Read more...]

Too Marvelous For Me

On occasion, it becomes necessary to bring one's children to one's office.I may not be the most organized person in the world. I may not be a compulsive cleaner. But the calamity that ensues any time i bring my kids to work for a few minutes...let's just say, it makes the rest of my life look orderly to a fault. For every 15 minutes that I spend making a few quick phone calls, gathering some reading to do at home, or answering emails--it takes an hour to clean up the next day. Sometimes, I … [Read more...]

“The Help:” Prophets Major and Minor

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Wow, this is going to be a great book.Sorry family, you will be microwaving your own dinner tonight, mama is reading.Wow, that was an awesome book! If I know you, I’m going to make you read it.I kind of want to read that again.I really wish I’d written that myself…This is the 5-stage journey of a really excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s, “The Help” took me through every one of them when I first read it, with an extra twisty 6th step thrown in the middle. The all-over chills m … [Read more...]

A Little Bit Red…

"Why is it that every time we go to southern California, we are absolutely the Clampets?!"  A personal favorite Bartlett-ism from The West Wing gospel files. President Bartlett and his staff have travelled to California, where they need to really impress some people who could help them get re-elected, and calimity ensues. Ultimately, his personal aid and his White House Communications Director get into a bar fight and wind up in jail.Thinking of that moment as I wonder: Why is it that, w … [Read more...]

There is No One Like Our God

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There is no "I" in Christian.Oh, wait...I've finally figured it out. Why I can't stand Christian radio. For years, it's been driving me bananas, and I don't even listen to it enough to make a fair justification of why. I keep thinking maybe I've judged the whole industry unfairly. Kind of like cauliflower. Every now and then I figure, "I'm a grown up now, I should like this..."  So I give it another bite--another 30 seconds or so of my listening time... After all, I like to know how C … [Read more...]

Stop Making Me Look So Hot!

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HOWEVER--it's not like they caught her with her mouth full, or snuck up while she was bending over at an unflattering angle (my dad's favorite way to take a picture, thanks). This is kind of a "what do you mean, this is just my face," face. "The Queen of Rage" might be a little hyperbolic, but let's just be honest... that's what she's selling. And these days, rage sells. Crazy gets votes. I shudder to think of the carnage that will be found along the campaign trail, come hindsight 2012. It is … [Read more...]

Muffin Moment: A Mean Mom and Minister

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I gave her 3 chances. I am not a mean mom.3 chances to help me make muffins without sticking her hand in the bowl of flour and sugar. After the third, she was not allowed to help me anymore. Kicking screaming meltdown ensued. Morning—day OFF morning—disrupted. Was it worth it?Thing is, it was not about the muffin mess. I don’t mind cleaning a little flour off the counter. But after 3 times, she was testing. And the answer to that test is, if you do something mom or dad says not to do, ba … [Read more...]

Best of Both Worlds

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Around here, if you want to enjoy any outside time between june and october, it has to be early. I mean like, nonsense early.Luckily, our kids wake up nonsense early. So this morning, we threw on some shoes, grabbed the dog, and were leaving the house by 7 (true story) babies and all. I mean, I left the house without COFFEE people. Don't fear for my family though. They are all ok.We moved to a beautiful preserve area over a month ago, and had yet to go exploring, so we finally just went. … [Read more...]

Where You From?

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Do you know Wendell Berry? I don’t mean have you ever had him over for supper, I mean, when I  say his name, do you perk up and expect to hear something good and important? If not, go here before you read on. I mean, he’s kind of a big deal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_BerryI grew up in Kentucky. I’m from Laurel County, home of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken. (Yes, really… that thing up around Louisville is a tourist trap). London, my hometown, is also home of the World Chick … [Read more...]


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