My REAL (& unexpected) Introduction to Motherhood

My REAL (& unexpected) Introduction to Motherhood

My introduction to motherhood looked nothing like I thought it would. There was no pregnancy, no baby shower, no planning, and no hopeful anticipation. The phone call woke me from a dead sleep…it’s been 11 years since the call asking us to take in a 15-year-old. And now, with a 7 and 3-year-old, I wonder if I’m doing it right. But nothing prepared me for all God would teach me about myself and about Him. While I hope to teach my children some important things – like how to go potty, tie their shoes, and show kindness – I’m pretty sure they are really the ones teaching me.

Lessons from Harvey

Lessons from Harvey

It’s only been 72 days since Harvey made landfall but it feels so much longer. It’s hard to describe the disoriented time warp we’ve been living in as we try to shake out some semblance of “new normal” from the chaos. Some are bone-tired from working and organizing and helping, and others are brokenhearted because of loss. But as grace would have it, there’s beauty even here.

Why I'm Learning to Love My 34-Year-Old Body

Why I'm Learning to Love My 34-Year-Old Body

I've made a lot of room for negativity when it comes to body image. I’ve been trying to “fix” myself for about as long as I can remember. Always just 6 months away from a smaller size. Just one more diet away from a me I’ll like. All of this yuck almost ruined Saturday's shopping trip. Enough is enough. It's time to re-write the messages I'm believing about myself! And honestly, the stakes couldn't be higher [...]

20 Years of Togetherness

20 Years of Togetherness

September 16, 2017 marked 11 years of marriage and 20 years of togetherness. The tiny Texas town of Round Top has been our special place of rest and quiet for years. We stayed in our pajamas till almost eleven yesterday, sitting around on comfy couches with mug after mug of coffee. Our time here has been slow and simple, and just as sweet as ever. I love that we come back here, but not just to this place, to each other [...]