Christian reflections

Essential Friendship * 10 Minute Devotional

The knock at the door was followed immediately by a yell. “I have a smoothie for you!” My friend Katie was at my seminary apartment uninvited. Again. Katie always seemed to forget that I’m an introvert. (Pretty sure that “introvert” is just Latin for “call before you come over.”) She handed me a blueberry-yogurt-pineapple concoction…… Continue reading Essential Friendship * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

The Ache of Marriage

Denise Levertov wrote a poem called “The Ache of Marriage.” When I studied it in college I wanted to throw it in the garbage. Marriage achy? Pfffft. Another example of a poet writing silly nonsense. Then I got married. That Levertov? She knew some things. Daryl finished his PhD this September. In many ways, his dissertation became a third…… Continue reading The Ache of Marriage

Advent Devotional

My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

I only know the talented Megan Busch through the blogosphere, but after reading her writings one thing became immanently clear to me. WE NEEDED TO BE FRIENDS. Spend some time with her Advent devotional today, and I think you’ll feel the same. I used to keep an unwritten checklist in my heart. Maybe you had…… Continue reading My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

Family life · women

10 Breastfeeding Wardrobe Hacks

After my sister Cait gave birth to her first baby, she attended a friend’s wedding while wearing a dress that was both flattering and trendy. This was a feat, for a newly postpartum mom. She felt like a million bucks. Then her brand new daughter needed to nurse. Cait’s dress had a high neckline, an empire waist, and…… Continue reading 10 Breastfeeding Wardrobe Hacks