What to do about Halloween

"It's October!" My kiddo squealed. "I'm so excited about Halloween!" And here we go again... Halloween.  Nothing holds greater power to make good friends bitter enemies than Halloween. It's a clear-cut issue.  Halloween is the funnest day of the year... totally evil... dress-up fun... of the devil... time to be silly... time to be vigilant... [...]

Brown Bananas and Hope

Long story, short: A sudden appearance of fruit flies forced me to move all our fruit into the fridge. Fruit flies make me crazy. I get great joy each morning to see how many of the buggers have been caught in my apple cider vinegar ramekin trap. I enjoy seeing the death of pestilence. That's normal, right?! [...]

Diapers, Poop, and our need for Confession

My kid loves a clean, dry diaper. He is miserable in a wet one. He is utterly undone by a poopy one. But clean him up and peace fills his world again. I know what that feels like. The discomfort of my own soil. Every day I have things that require cleansing. Selfish thoughts. Hurtful [...]

Remembering I’m hungry

I walked into the room and everything changed. Instantly gone were the coos and sweet smiles. Suddenly, our baby was crying. Desperately. In my absence, he had been fine. Happy. Distracted. He had been entertained by other things. By people who love and cherish him. But when he saw me, he remembered. He remembered his hunger. [...]

When God Doesn’t Give Me What I Want

I handed him his breakfast but something was wrong. His usual cheery "Thank you Mummy!" didn't happen.  In its place: an epic meltdown. "But I waaa-aaaant them in a rouuuund bluuuuuue boooohhh-bowl!" He crumpled to the floor and sobbed into his arms. Thus began an hour-long wrestle with my gorgeous child. We have a round [...]

To Be Close To Him

Nothing got done today. Dishes fill the sink and the counter. Bills and medical insurance claims sit untouched. There is no dinner simmering. No cleaning being done. No laundry being washed. No projects getting worked on. I simply haven't had time or energy. Or hands. Our baby likes to be held.  All the time.  All. The. Time.  Day [...]

Empowered: What’s In It For Me?

Jesus invited the disciples to go for a boat ride that turned into a desperate fight to survive a powerful storm and, in the midst of it all, the guys had a life-changing encounter with the God of the universe. This past Sunday I had the honor of digging into Luke 8:22-25 with our church [...]

Loving The Rain

Rain, rain go away. Today's rain feels like an old friend who has been gone too long but now that he's back I'm wondering why we are friends. This winter has been unusually dry. The sunshine has been glorious.  Rays in the morning fog buoying my heart. Open blue skies making me forget my cares.  [...]