How To Make A Monster: On Preventing School Violence

In two short years, my son will be a member of the United States school system. After this past week, I'm terrified. Shouldn't I be? Last Wednesday, 16 year old high school sophomore, Alex Hribal, gripped two straight kitchen knives in his hands as he walked the halls of Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, stabbing … Continue reading How To Make A Monster: On Preventing School Violence

Five Reasons You Don’t Have To Hate Valentine’s Day (Unless You Want To)

I admit it. I hate Valentine's Day with the obligatory fervor of an enlightened, hip, 30-something. On behalf of our friends who haven't found or kept love, we aren't supposed to like this day. It's not cool. And who wants The Man telling us when to buy presents and love people? Not me. But when I thought … Continue reading Five Reasons You Don’t Have To Hate Valentine’s Day (Unless You Want To)

Getting good at love

[If you're visiting from Start Marriage Right, welcome. Glad to have you today. This is where I write about relationships, spirituality, parenthood and leadership - a little bit of everything. Let's stay in touch, shall we? Get all the updates to my blog by subscribing here, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Without further ado, … Continue reading Getting good at love

I am the opposite of me

I am a paradox. And so are you. We are clean and shiny in some areas of ourselves, yet disheveled disasters in others. The real estate of our souls and our yards is impeccable from one angle, and painfully unkempt from another. How is it that we can live with coexisting brilliance and ignorance, with generous … Continue reading I am the opposite of me

Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about anger. My anger. The kind that fills me up with sadness and regret. The kind I dive into in the moment and feel I'm drowning in the next. Since I wrote about it, read about anger from other moms and started paying attention to my volume and emotion, … Continue reading Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

A squishy, floaty, sturdy, heavy thing called Love

Only the things done in love matter. Only the things done in love weigh enough to stamp eternity. Everything else just floats off the surface as vapor. It's not the act. It's the intent. Love might wear you out, but it doesn't get tired that easily. Love lets you be where you are right now, … Continue reading A squishy, floaty, sturdy, heavy thing called Love

I am Jesus’ awkward friend

In college, it was getting easy. I finally figured out how to make friends, not talk too much or make people feel uncomfortable around me. And aside from the tumultuous relationships and the general self-loathing, my relationship with God felt relatively sturdy too. In the mornings, I propped up my pillow behind my head, then … Continue reading I am Jesus’ awkward friend

How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

Motherhood is teaching me a lot about my human-hood. And it hurts. I face off against the frayed and tasseled ends of my patience and goodness every time my voice shouts too loud, or when my son's unexplainable need to fish in the toilet stirs up my ugly, unreasonable side. I don't like that girl … Continue reading How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

When we get to heaven…

When we get to heaven, we will discover God is so much better than we thought. Much kinder, grander, more magnanimous, generous, beautiful, vast. We will see that he was always looking at us with those kind, crinkly eyes, glad to have us here. So let's start interacting with him that way now. Jesus enables … Continue reading When we get to heaven…