Big Announcement: My Blog is Moving! (Like, right now.)

 Friends, I’m so excited to let you know that I’m doing something new and bright and challenging and a little scary. And it looks like this: That’s my new website/blog. It’s not called Mama:Monk anymore. It’s not at Patheos anymore. I’m going out on my own. There are a lot of reasons for this. I [Read More…]

Good Words for a Monday

  A prayer we prayed (I don’t know where it’s from) on our church’s Epiphany Retreat this past weekend . . .   Turn your face toward us, O God In love, love us with justice, shape us with fire, renew us Turn your face toward us, O God With longing, call us. With redemption, [Read More…]

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 2 (A repost)

When I first started asking God and myself what it means to be a mother who prays in the midst of the chaos of life at home with kids, what it could look like to practice prayer when my life was not quiet, when most of my attempts at a personal prayer time were interrupted [Read More…]

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 1 (A Repost)

  This week I’m working to finish edits on my book. In my absence, I’ll be reposting a three-part series from last year. Here’s Vol. 1. Happy Advent, friends. _______ I need to finish unpacking my house. I might pop a blood vessel if I don’t get pictures hung up soon. I’ve hardly thought about [Read More…]

Thankful Tuesday: Tea, Movie, Husband Folding Clothes

Some Monday evenings, I churn out a Thankful Tuesday post and it feels easy and light and I hardly sweat while doing it. Other Monday nights, there are three (THREE!) piles of unfolded laundry that have been sitting in my living room since Saturday (or was it Friday?) and there are stuffed animals and one [Read More…]

Hello Guatemala

Friends, I made it to Guatemala! It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend. I finished my book and sent it in late Friday night. If you want to know how I felt, I recommend you click on my Facebook page. There was a lot of joy and maybe a couple of tears. I am thrilled [Read More…]