2016 All the Things Gift Guide

Merry Christmas from the Blairs, Mon   Because I love you and I want you to win Christmas, I’ve come up with a list of things you never knew you always needed to give the humans you love in your life. Some of these gifts are tried and true favorites and I wouldn’t part with them for a baby unicorn. Many of these gifts give in two ways…

What if You Stayed? the nature of faithfulness

Permission to dig in the candy stash always evokes in my kids tsunami-style mental, emotional, and physical responses. Wringing their sweaty palms, they squeal like leaking helium balloons and get this vacant, starry-eyed look of joy behind the eyes. They are strange humans. But this is how my soul feels about growing things in the dirt. I’ve been pretending at a green thumb from the moment I…

A Letter: To the Next Generation…on pornography

Hey you, I know when adults sit you down it’s all like one of three things you can’t stop thinking about: 1. I already know this stuff. 2. How is she still talking? 3. She has pepper in her teeth. But if you’ll give me just five of your minutes and listen to what I need to tell you, I promise this will change your whole life…

3 Takeaways From the 2016 Presidential Election

God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. ~Billy Currington Back when dinosaurs still breathed and all the fun wasn’t conveniently outsourced, cheerleaders actually handpainted the signs the football players would run through on the field. I was a country cheerleader mouse and my grandmother lived in town so the squad and I gathered in her front yard with ten house-sized paper canvases and a hundred…

All the Things: October

My people and I took a little hike up to Devil’s Den State Park this past weekend. We laughed and we talked and we tripped on tree roots and we saw that God hides a little bit of Himself in everything He creates. (I posted this on my Instagram account. It’s my favorite social medium because pictures and no one talks politics over there. Come find me?) Just…

An Old Love

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith “A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!” ~Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning   ‘It says it’s not supposed to rain until Thursday.’ I glance up from my perch on a…

Things We Learned From the Fire: the day the church broke me

In the middle of the night before Halloween my first year in high school I stood in my pajamas out in the front yard and watched our house burn all the way to the ground. A hungry spark from a wire in the attic had begun to feed its greedy, licking tongue while a family of eight remained tethered to sleepy dreams in the only peace and quiet there was…

3 Things We Should Give Just a Hot Minute

‘I heard perms are coming back.’ The gal cutting my hair and I had been talking through the mirror at each other but I turned to face her now, ‘You have to tell me right now: is that real truth?’ She pressed her lips as if holding back her words would be enough to stop the wave of terror only the generation whose hair had survived the first perms on…

Always Begin Again

Always we begin again. ~St. Benedict Call them overachievers, but most Mondays have a way of living right on up to the half-glass expectations of the usually at least once-weekly pessimistic masses. This last one had started out promising: waking up to the strong thumb of coffee pulling me out of bed by my nose, I spent a good long while with Jesus and also a bit of…

Kindly Prepared: on the changing seasons

  The last day of summer had me and my short crew running for the woods. We high-tailed it to a familiar cluster of trees next to the pond that welcomed our presence often and always with open arms. From the quiet shade those tall pines offered up, a person could lean in to the rowdy repartee of crickets, pond-songs, and even their own thoughts again if they…