First Day: The Holding and the Letting Go

For months we’ve been talking about this. This thing is coming. This change. When all the baby wears off and all that’s left is the kid, the child. All those years that felt eternal. And suddenly–poof–he jumps on his bike and rides ahead of you while you run to keep up. You take Sunday off [Read More…]

The Pursuit of Enough: When God makes it beautiful

I’ve been grinding my mouth guard down to a thin layer of plastic. All night, grinding. I was this stressed one year ago, suddenly making plans to move across the country again with my family, trying to find temporary homes for the months of September and October, begging God to help me find a preschool [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…]

One Good Phrase: Micha Boyett (All will be well)

These are the days of holding the deep portions. The days where your husband walks the kids to the park and on the way his phone lights up with the worst kind of news. Tragedy. A friend’s life ended. And like that, he arrives at the playground, where his kids run and pour sand and [Read More…]

One Good Phrase: Annie Barnett (Everyone is learning)

I love Annie Barnett because the kindness that shows up in her writing and visual art is an actual reflection of who she is. I love her because she is an artist soul and when you see her illustrations, you feel a sort of hope. Last year, she wrote here about the sacred work of [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…]