My Summer Reading List and “Carry On, Warrior” Giveaway

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{See bottom of post for easy giveaway instructions.} Ahhh...summer.  Even though there is still a bit of snow here in Chicagoland and the air is still wicked cold and my legs are still pastey white, a girl can dream, right?  And oh, sister, I am.  After getting though the next month which entails the taking of finals and the putting on of church resales and the co-preaching of sermons on Mother's Day (insert nervous jittery face here), I am so longing for a day of indulging. In … [Read more...]

Ten Highlights from My First Festival of Faith and Writing

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This weekend, I attended my first Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, MI.  It is a pretty safe bet to call this my first, as it was such an amazing and well-planned event.  I am definitely planning to return.  The quality of the speakers, writers, and authors was beyond impressive.  And while my head is still in that fog-like state that results from such whirlwind weekends and such overloading of inspiration,  I have tried here to piece together a highlight reel of sorts while the … [Read more...]

Why this Spring will Be the Best Spring in For(Frozen)ever

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It's been a long winter, friends.  A looooong, frozen winter.  One for the record books.  And, as if by the unfolding of some divine comedy, this extreme polar-vortex-in-the-Midwest winter has lined up perfectly with my time as a stay-at-home mom.  With three-year-olds. Two of them. Don't be fooled by the giggles and squeals emanating from this picture. I guarantee you there was screaming, or crying, or "Mommy he's sitting on me!!!!" protesting two seconds after this moment, sweet as … [Read more...]

On My Infertility – My Messy Beautiful

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Someday, we’re going to have to tell them.  I’m not sure when, or exactly what version we’ll tell them.  But, we're going to have to tell them.  I mean, we can't really keep it a secret since I've written about it and shared it with the world from time to time. (And by “the world” I of course mean our friends, family and a few readers.) Nor do I want to.  Keep it a secret, that is.  From you.  From them.  Especially from them.  But they are only three-years-old now, so it hasn't exactly come … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday – Writer

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{Joining a group of writers today for "5 Minute Friday," a weekly free-writing exercise with a given prompt.  This week's prompt:  Writer.} Writer. Am I one?  On my business card, which I labored over and went back and forth and back in deciding how to self-identify, I call myself a blogger and a writer.  What is the difference?  I am comfortable with the first label.  I strive for the second.  What is it that earns one the title?  Is it syndication?  Is it a monthly column?  A book?  Is … [Read more...]

A Quiet Memory

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Often a memory is the bits and fragments of a thing rearranged and pieced back together after what time has done to the original.  I have a few beloved memories from my own fourth birthday party, of hunting suckers and finding one hidden in my grandfather’s glasses, of singing the theme song to Rainbow Bright while hugging my new doll tightly, and of my baby brother throwing a tantrum when he only got three suckers.  Mom wouldn’t let him steal from my pile, although it surely seemed a reasonable … [Read more...]

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Soul Balm and My First Syndicated Post for BlogHer

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What a day.  What a week.  Just returned from an all-day Spring Conference at Chicago Theological Seminary.  My brain is in that place where there are all kinds of crazy fireworks going off in every direction.  So much good, challenging stuff.  But I'm by no means ready to process yet. Just, this was pretty awesome... Pardon the grainy picture.  I'm still learning how to use my smartphone, and this was the best one I could get while playing it "cool" and not totally geeking out and taking … [Read more...]

What’s in a {Christian} Name

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'I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.' - Mahatma Gandhi Christian.  What's in that name? It's been a roller coaster of a week, and it's likely not over yet.  After initially coming out on Monday with the announcement that they would hire gay Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. then reversed it's decision on Wednesday, citing backlash and pressure from Evangelicals and church leaders. And now everyone is left to deal … [Read more...]

5 Must Read Posts on the World Vision Controversy

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UPDATE 3/26/14 4:36  pm CST - This afternoon, World Vision U.S. announced that it has reversed its decision and will not hire Christians in same-sex marriages.  In a statement released to Christianity Today, president Richard Stearns addresses the reasons behind the reversal, citing backlash from some supporters and Christian leaders.  The articles below are extremely relevant, perhaps even more now, and there will be many more to come following this decision.  Also, for all of us who made … [Read more...]

Eager

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Spring is here.  Well, technically.  According to the calendar, Spring arrived last week.  According to the way it feels, well, we're still trying to figure out how to gently (or not so gently) let winter know it's overstayed its welcome.  And then some. We did catch a glimpse last week.  It wasn't quite that intoxicating first-day-of-spring, abandon your to-do list and go-to-the-park kind of day, but it was warm(er).  And, for my three-year-olds, that meant this: It was still a … [Read more...]