Striving for the Perfect Christian Love Story

I read recently that Joshua Harris was asking for stories—the good and the bad—from people who read his books, particularly I Kissed Dating Goodbye. That book (and all the other books on biblical womanhood, purity, and courtship that I read along with it) was crucial to my own understanding of relationships, and I have mixed […]

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3 Ways I Escape the Dinner Rut

I am really terrible at meal-planning. It has always overwhelmed me because there are so many moving parts—figuring out what you have, deciding which days it would be good to have leftovers, determining how to buy in such a way that your chicken doesn’t go bad before you use it. Plus you throw in trying […]

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Writing Truth to Myself

If I had written this last week—or maybe even two days ago—it would have been more clear-cut, a how-to post. But it turns out that I can’t give advice. Some days, I feel like I’ve got it–like my expectations are realistic and my patience is deep. Other days, I feel like it’s an hourly struggle. […]

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Motherhood Lately

Motherhood lately is sitting on the floor cutting out things for home preschool while the baby tries to put pieces of laminated paper in his mouth and Liam begs me to be finished so we can actually do preschool. It’s trying to be patient—and sometimes feeling like I’m doing it—and then losing my patience again […]

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A Little Summer 2016 Update

We started this summer with the same fervor Thoreau did when he began his journey into the woods. We were determined to [leaving out the part about sucking out the marrow] avoid getting to the end of summer and realizing we had not truly summer-ed. And it’s a good thing we did because we’ve had […]

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Narnia, Slavery, and Living in This World

Liam and I just finished reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at night. I’m not sure how much he understands, but it’s soothing, and he does pay attention. He’s fascinated by the idea of Christmas not coming, the concept of turning people into stone, and Mr. Tumnus. One other thing that he constantly […]

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Pouring In

Some days the pouring in feels like too much. You asked for it even as an infant, even in the hospital. You wailed if you were left alone, insisting that we hold your fresh, sturdy body even as you slept with a slight grimace on your face. I wondered why you wouldn’t sleep without us […]

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