Milestones and Weddings and What Not to Say.

Words aren't coming easy for me this morning. Maybe my head is still a little cloudy from the cold medicine I'm taking. Maybe it's because I'm still recovering from what has been one of the most difficult and heavy weeks in a while. Maybe it's because there are so many things that I want to write … Continue reading Milestones and Weddings and What Not to Say.

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30 Lessons in 30 Years (Part II)

There are certain times of year that naturally push me to spend a bit more time reflecting than I spend doing. Those times of year tend to coincide with natural transitions--the turn of a new year, the change of seasons, and of course birthdays. This year, as I inch closer and closer to the three-decade milestone, I … Continue reading 30 Lessons in 30 Years (Part II)

52X7: Phase Four Goals

Here are my goals for the fourth phase of 52x7 in 2013. As a reminder, here's the plan: Pick a goal or two in each of the 7 areas of life. (E.G. Physical = Working out 4 days a week.) Crush said goals for 52 days. Drop the ones I hate at the end of … Continue reading 52X7: Phase Four Goals

Holding Your Family Together

"Imagine a home where every person feels loved, valued and heard. Imagine a family that seeks God's wisdom, will and Word together. Imagine an intimate, affectionate community where every night is an experience of caring, sharing, comfort and peace. You can make this beautiful picture a reality in your home. But it won't happen by accident." … Continue reading Holding Your Family Together

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

  Josh Griffin is a Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California--one of the largest and most influential churches in the country. A few weeks ago, the High School Ministry at Saddleback ran a series called "Secrets" for which they collected secrets, PostSecret style, from the young people in their church. They spent two … Continue reading The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Imagine the Impact

A while back, my husband and I picked up the book Think Orange and started tackling it together during what had become a nightly ritual of reading aloud before bed. (What ever happened to that ritual, anyway? I liked that one! It might be time to resurrect it.) The tagline for the book reads: "Imagine … Continue reading Imagine the Impact

The Twelve Best Days of Summer

Having just finished up a fantastic week at ALIVE Festival with youth from Epiphany Lutheran (and Grace Lutheran, Fremont!), I'm now in Massachusetts for what may very well be "the twelve best days of summer." Now, I make this bold, superlative statement, with a couple of disclaimers: these are not "the twelve best days..." because I … Continue reading The Twelve Best Days of Summer