Thin Places (my blog) is moving from Patheos to Christianity Today. Find out why, what to expect, and the Patheos women I most highly recommend reading. Read more

Three kids plus a not-so-crafty Mom plus 50 classmates equals a lot of work, and a little lesson about love. Read more

I’m not sure if it’s really the best ever, but I am LOVING Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. The title is deceptive, as at least so far I’ve just heard (I’m listening on audiobook) Patchett’s series of essays about the craft and experience of writing both her fiction and her non-fiction. She is a wonderful storyteller with great advice for writers all around. Highly recommend. I’ve got Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life on my bed… Read more

“…they run the risk of bearing children with a gene that will probably cause a slow and painful death, albeit a death many decades in the future. What should they do?” Read more

1. If even a hint of snow is expected, turn off the ringer on your phone the night before. You do not need to know at 5:02 a.m. that your children will be home all day. You need to keep sleeping. They need to keep sleeping. 2. When you wake up and discover that although it is not yet snowing there will be no school today, do not tell the children. It will take them a while (in my case,… Read more

Articles worth reading about missionaries, money, embryo selection, and more… Read more

Happy Birthday Marilee, and thank you for the reminder that life is a gift. Read more

My new post for her.meneutics about the purpose of ultrasounds in the modern age. Read more

It took a 5:45 workout to get me back into decent physical shape. And it made me think about what I need to hold me in a place of spiritual health too. Read more

Some book and article notes in a sec, but first: What’s your favorite spiritual memoir? I’m looking for a good one. I’ve enjoyed Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, Martha Beck, and Kate Braestrup, to give you a sense of what I like. Any other favorites out there? On the bedside table: I abandoned The Sun Also Rises a few weeks ago upon my second attempt. I had hoped that my enjoyment of The Paris Wife would turn me into a Hemingway… Read more


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