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What it is that Mothers REALLY do

  (The second of four posts in a series on family.) ‘Did you make all of these?’ Standing on two points in somewhere Oklahoma, my hand sweeps across rows upon rows of wooden knick knacks in one of those gas station junkin’ stores. Some were small enough to fit in…

What Women Really Find Sexy in Marriage

(The first in a series of four posts on family.) After more than a few years of married people watching each other floss, the flushed-cheeked rush and beautiful mystery of cat-and-mouse flirting may appear to lose the luster of the mixed tapes and couples-only skates of…

A Mad Woman’s Prayer for her girlfriends

Good morning, God, Wow. Thank You for the sunrise. Do you think those up every day or are they just lined up in some queue You created for forever? Since it feels like a special Hello just for me, I think you make me a fresh one every morning. Thank…

10 Things That Are Over Rated

A few years back on the calendar, a new business moved into our small community that had everyone bubbling. After ten people in one day asked me if I had tried ‘that new bubble tea yet’, I determined to put my curiosity to rest and understand the hype. Bubble tea…

Small Beginnings

Taking care of some business yesterday morning, I zipped off a quick message: ‘I was just wondering: are we still a go? Not worrying about the number and just moving forward?’ I clicked over to another page to finish an article not coming easily. Within minutes, the ding of a…

Digging For Beauty

There are some things people say that make my eyes roll way back up inside my head if I’m not of a mind to hear them. It’s not on purpose: it’s knee-jerk eye-rolling. ‘If the Lord brings you to it, He will see you through…

So You’re a B Team Christian

My son had it in his mind last fall that all he wanted to do in the wide world ever was play some football. Being raised by the South teaches a boy a few nonnegotiables mostly by way of not-so subconcious: say yes ma’am, eat your cornbread in…

4 Things to Remember When Be Still Seems Impossible

Be still and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10 Thumbing through the scrawl of my journal one quiet morning before my three roosters began to crow, I began to pick out patterns of words on several of the worn pages: please show me be still I never realized…

All the Things

  (Y’all. This is a real picture from my real friend Sara Gilmore’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah!)   Because I like to share all the good things… The Swoonerie Let’s be honest: I happened by The Swoonerie in the beginning because it…

When Your Family Doesn’t Get Along for the Holidays

Growing up cutting my teeth on the unrealistic expectations of Cinderella, I spent years looking for a cute boy to come and save me from my chores, waltz with me, and look at me with big moony eyes every second of every day for happily ever after. While I do…