April 29, 2017

Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives


Snuggled on the sofa with my 15-year-old daughter, we scrolled through her Instagram feed together. 100, 115, 125 “likes” became a theme on each photo and it became clear that she’d found some committed “followers.” “Wow, Abby, your last picture […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!


(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children


My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

Who Will Defend Me?


 I stumbled down the stairs, willing myself to the downstairs bathroom. I’ve never understood the draw of the early morning hours and at seventeen years old, those hours were tortuous. Mornings provided predictability. Never a day went by when my […]

When Our Days are Seemingly Insignificant


I did it to myself, and I knew better. That last cup of late night coffee created my self induced insomnia and now I was dealing with its effects. Isn’t it something, the vast scope of topics our mind travels […]

Sometimes I Miss it…


Sometimes I am in such a rush, that I miss out on those simple moments. The moments of beauty. The moments of silence. The moments of grace. My first Spring flowers just bloomed: two beautiful tulips. The problem? They were […]

Sometimes, I’m an Island


I wandered through my church lobby on a quest for another cup of morning coffee. It always helps when I have a mission, so I walk with purpose. It doesn’t allow me to feel so alone in the crowd. It’s […]

Wise in My Own Eyes


With my cozy blanket pulled all around me, I snuggle down into my thrifted sofa and spend time soaking in my surroundings. Reminders of real-life living touch every corner of our home. Mismatched socks in a pile, leftover cold coffee […]

It Starts Today: Chapter One


I am an open book. A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing. Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life […]

She Says I’m Honest


 image High school girls just seem to know. I think that special “sense” intuitively arrives when they hit their first teen year, and it’s honed to perfection as they get older. They sniff out a fake, even if they might […]

In Moments of Crisis


His mercies are new every morning. (Lam. 3:-22-23)  Three months have passed, yet the call still haunts me.  “Jen, it’s a brain tumor. It’s Johnny… They think it’s malignant. They are doing surgery tonight.”   As I perched at the […]

A Sunday Moment: Sing


There is such joy beginning my week declaring God’s goodness. Join me in worship this morning. If you are short on time, fast forward to the second song and declare it with me. It sets the tone for our new […]

It’s the Little Dreams


After spending a few days at Disney, I can’t help but sing “Dreams really do come true.” With princesses twirling and characters dancing, evil is destroyed at every turn. Little boys and girls can’t help but be mesmerized by Mickey’s […]

My Imaginary Conversation: a Sunday Moment


Last week, I shared some pictures and a video about the “new to me” spring outfits I purchased at a yard sale and thrift stores. I sat outside on my porch, nervously hit the “record” button and welcomed my readers […]

Come Join Me (in)RL 2013: April 27


In just one week, women from all over the world will be gathering in churches, homes, coffee shops, etc, for a time of encouragement and refreshment. We’ll be talking about Community and the importance of staying in it, even when […]