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Evolving Faith 2018: Grief, Anger, Justice, and Hope

Last weekend, I attended the Evolving Faith conference in Montreat, North Carolina. From the conference’s website description: Your faith is changing, and everything else seems to be changing with it—your relationships, your views on justice and social issues, your experience with the Church, your very identity.  Evolving Faith is a gathering of kindred spirits, an…

Reading, Writing, and Listening:: October 2018

October was book-heavy for me; I haven’t done much writing but finished nine books, most of which profoundly challenged me. Books I Read Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada: Shannan Martin (see next book) recommended this to me, and I’m so thankful. This book should be required reading for all American…

They Aren’t a Mob of Aliens: How Dehumanizing Language Contributes to the Migrant Caravan Crisis

The latest polarizing topic Americans are buzzing about is the caravan of migrants making their way to the United States border. Their numbers have grown steadily since they began their journey from Honduras in mid-October, and are now estimated to be over 7,000. This is a crisis. It’s a crisis to the men, women and…

Reading, Writing and Listening: September 2018

I’m going to start tracking monthly the books I’ve read, exceptional podcast episodes I’ve listened to, and places my writing is published other than on my own blog. Books I Read Educated by Tara Westover: I’m linking this first because I can’t stop thinking about this book and recommending it. Educated is a memoir of…

It was Never about Purity: The Republican Party, Evangelical Church, and Brett Kavanaugh

That’s not relevant Evangelical leader Franklin Graham spoke these words in response to a question about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged attempted rape of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were both high school students in 1982. Not relevant? Judge Kavanaugh is nominated for a LIFETIME Supreme Court appointment, a position with no accountability once he is…

It’s Complicated (Mitochondrial Awareness Week)

This week is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week, and it’s also Grayson’s birthday week (the irony that they fall on the same week in September never escapes me). Grayson will be 8 (EIGHT!) on Saturday. I have such conflicting thoughts about Mitochondrial Disease. Mito has robbed Grayson of so much; his childhood is devoid of any…

Conquering Imposter Syndrome

In the eight years I’ve been blogging, I’ve had many people tell me “You should write a book!” Until this year, I dismissed that idea fairly quickly. I love to write, but I really love writing on the internet. Short, tight essays and articles, where I get mostly instant feedback, are what fuels my passion.…

Letters to Nolan: 3 Years

Letters to Nolan: 3 Years

Dear Nolan, Friday night I tucked you into bed and kissed my two year old for the very last time. You are now three, and our family’s toddler years are behind us. This is bittersweet, but definitely more sweet than bitter. I love the little boy you are becoming- the way you talk in whole…

Mothering with Anxiety and Empathy

This morning I was helping Charlotte get dressed for church, a ritual that is always difficult, no matter how many advanced preparations I make. During the week, she is usually agreeable to put on the clothes I’ve picked out for her, but something about Sunday mornings is different. Her clothes, her hair and her shoes…

TimeHop, I Love You

Oh, TimeHop, I love you. Some days you make me sad and wistful, but most days you just make me smile. You are a nostalgic reminder of the highlight reel that is most of my social media feeds. I love looking at back at my teeny tiny babies, my in-another-life dog shenanigans, and my decade…