An invitation to be ready (to be needy)

I chase my almost-three-year-old around the bedroom with the batman t-shirt. He busts out of the doorway and sprints for the living room, squealing. “I’m not going to chase you around,” I say, even though–let’s tell the truth–I’m pretty desperate here. We’ve got to get in the car to make it to school on time [Read More…]

Enough: A Reflection on 2013

I know it’s almost February. But, if you don’t mind having a little grace with me and my book-finishing/moving brain, I’m ready to call it a New Year around here. Happy New Year everybody! January has been a blur of packing and unpacking and book promotion stuff. But I’d like to stop for a second [Read More…]

The Pursuit of Enough: Ask me what I have for you…

When I was five months pregnant with Brooksie, I was barely one year into our new life in San Francisco. I was still making friends. I was still coming to terms with the reality of the Pacific Time Zone. And I was learning the more difficult aspects of urban dwelling. I had moved our little [Read More…]

One Good Phrase: Andrea Palpant Dilley (Be Thou My Vision)

Andrea Palpant Dilley and I met at church in Austin, where she led my writer’s group and cheered on my work when I most needed it. I’m so grateful for her voice, her generosity, her friendship, and her willingness to be here today. * * * Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart [Read More…]

The Pursuit of Enough: When sadness lives on the doorstep of happiness

  A couple of months ago, I had a conversation about my book with a former professor, a writing mentor. We were trying to get at the heart of this story I’m trying to tell in my memoir. Yes, it’s about prayer and losing it and finding it again in an entirely new, hope-giving way. [Read More…]

Slowing things down around here…

  Happy Easter, friends! I hope you are drinking champagne for breakfast today, just like you’re supposed to be. You don’t know how hard it is for me to not write a post today about how important it is for us to be celebrating well this week. But, I’m forcing myself to write this little [Read More…]