• Stranger Things to Say

    It happened again last week, as it often does. A well-intentioned stranger, upon admiring my youngest daughter's silky mocha skin and neatly cornrowed locks, voiced the obvious question: "Is she ... View Post

    Stranger Things to Say
  • When Choosing Failure is Choosing Success

    I married a general contractor, which means I'm on my own a lot during the summer and fall. Praise God, business is booming, but the blessing comes with a curse: I miss my husband, our children miss ... View Post

    When Choosing Failure is Choosing Success
  • When I am Frightened, but He is Faithful

    An Atlantic shore town, off-season, is a splendidly deserted place. For all the silence and solitude - the unchanging traffic lights and unlit homes - there's an undeniable sense of adventure in the ... View Post

    When I am Frightened, but He is Faithful
  • To the Mom in Need of Grace

    You brought them home pink and fresh, smelling of lotion and milk. Or maybe you brought them home bewildered and frightened, already wounded from a past you cannot erase. Whether by birth or adoption, ... View Post

    To the Mom in Need of Grace
  • Slow Down: An Experiment in Finding Life by Doing Less

    My living room is clean. This is such a rare occasion, I decided to take a picture: If I'd snapped this photo a week ago, you would have seen LEGOs and crayons on the floor, a child's greasy ... View Post

    Slow Down: An Experiment in Finding Life by Doing Less