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March 05, 2018
Parenting the Resistance: 5 Ways to Have Hard Conversations with Kids
It went down like this: "Mommy, I have a joke for you, listen. How long...
June 14, 2017
Along for the Ride: A Very P.K. Summer, Part I
If you are a parent, then you know the mixed blessing of summer. On the...
May 26, 2017
Last Day of School Blues: Making Space for Sad
My boy is 6. He hasn't gotten the memo that the last day of school...
April 27, 2017
In God’s Time
Guest Post: Richard Baier "Praying is something we do in our time. The answers come...
March 04, 2017
The World All Around: How We Can and Can’t Shield Kids From Violence
I recently wrote a post about letting our kids have their privacy and not sharing...
February 25, 2017
Overshared Childhood: Parenting and Privacy in the Social Media Age
Friday night situation: everybody's home after Dad's been traveling all week, nobody has anyplace to...
November 30, 2016
Assemble: Word 3, Advent 1
One of the best parts of Christmas at my house is getting out the nativity...
November 28, 2016
Anticipate: Advent 1, Word 1
I spend a lot of my time and energy anticipating future needs. Mine, and those...
August 24, 2016
10 Meaningful Ways to Start Your Kids’ School Day
We've probably all read the beautiful, powerful, tear-jerking letter that Glennon Melton (of Momastery fame)...
June 01, 2016
Ticking Clock and Turning Tide
We are not theme park people. We are National Park people. We are beach people....
May 05, 2016
5 Small Steps to a Simpler Closet (and Safer Planet)
Earlier this week, I shared a post about my family's Sock Scavenger Hunt. I paid my...
May 03, 2016
Lost and Found: A Parable In Socks
You know what was great about living in the desert all those years? Among other...
December 10, 2015
This Magic Window
Most years, I’m a Christmas minimalist. My kids get 3 or 4 gifts each—some of...
July 02, 2015
Thin Pink Line: Teaching My Daughter About a Woman’s Place
The poorly applied fuchsia lipstick. The nervous stage mothers pounding Starbucks. (The GLITTER SPRAY. God...
September 17, 2014
How to Do It All
Sometimes other clergy ask for advice on how to balance being a pastor and a...
June 04, 2014
Screaming Like a Girl
The small boys were screaming—nay, shrieking—on the playground. It was all in good 4-year-old fun,...
March 13, 2014
The Right Kind of Prayer
A few weeks ago, Saint Andrew Christian Church hosted a "Welcoming Church" event, in partnership...
October 31, 2013
Halloween: An Opportunity to Learn “Enough”
I followed a sparkly red lady bug and a plush green dragon down the street....
August 06, 2013
The Sacred Maybe
I have a boy who is almost 3, but he's been talking like 4 since...
June 01, 2013
On Enjoying the Show
I remember when dance recital week was the busiest/most stressful week of the year. I...
May 29, 2013
It's fixin to be June in Phoenix. Lord help us... Some of you know that...
February 22, 2013
Snow Days, Sick Days, and Other Enforced Sabbaths
I made the mistake of saying out loud last week that I hadn't been sick...
February 20, 2013
True story: my husband and i were out having dinner at a nice restaurant. Which...
January 17, 2013
The Rhythms of Grace
Last week, I signed my 4-year-old daughter up for her first dance class. !! I...
November 28, 2012
An Empty House
A Tao of Christmas shopping, from a wannabe minimalist: So, i buy most of my...
October 19, 2012
One More Piece of the Puzzle
On a lighter note... One of the most miraculous parts of parenting, by far, is listening...
October 16, 2012
Like a Child
When the kids hit that tiny carpet square in Worship and Wonder, they say some...
October 09, 2012
In the End, There’s Cake
My kids have birthdays this week. They will be 2 and 4. And while I...
August 22, 2012
Sometimes, It Falls from the Sky
It was one of those rare Phoenix days when everything shimmered with a utopian light....
August 10, 2012
What Whining Will Get You…
I've got two small children. I know what whining sounds like. Sometimes, before the request...
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