Haggai’s Call to Feast.

June 9, 2016

Sunday morning. We had the day all planned out. We'd go to church where we would worship and then be commissioned as a family to go on our mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Right after the commissioning, we would have a quick lunch and then drive Mariana in our decorated car to her first-ever week of sleep-away camp. We'dget to stop at Buc-ee's on the way there AND on the way back. (If you don't know what Buc-ee's is, run, don't walk, to Texas to come find out for yourself. It's the bomb. I'm considering starting a fan club.) Based...

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Sisters At Summit.

November 3, 2015

  We didn't care. Not one little bit. There we were - 10 of us under the climbing leadership of our inimitable Courtney - on a two-week trek to the top of a mountain we had all sought out the opportunity to climb. We had applied for the privilege and had jumped through a couple of hoops for this, and once we got there, we didn't care. Not one iota. We didn't care about each other's past:  where we each had gone to school or grown up or what music or food we each prefer or what political affiliation we have or where...

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Footloose. Yes, Footloose.

November 2, 2015

  It's only a dream, but it's oh so vivid.  I'm in a warehouse absolutely tearing up the makeshift dance floor, working out any angst I might be feeling with some wicked fancy footwork and getting a great workout to boot, all while enjoying flawless hair, makeup, and muscle tone, all of which confirms that Dreams Are Where To Hang Out. I suppose I should be alarmed that I've never once had that dream while sleeping but instead it comes every. single. time. I hear the song "Never" by some band called Motion Pictures that no one has ever heard of, including...

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Be the Better

October 27, 2015

After extensive field research done over the course of many years, I've discovered a very important scientific truth:  parenting is not for wusses. Neither is wife-ing / husband-ing. Neither is being a kid or an employee or an employer or a human being on this planet called earth doing this thing called life, which, according to The Artist Formerly and Again (I Believe) Currently Known As Prince and No Longer Merely An Unpronounceable Symbol, is 'electric' and 'means forever,' and I am inclined to agree with him on both counts. One of our littles has been exposed at a rather young age to...

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Enough With The ‘Enough.’

October 26, 2015

  Today, I have decided enough with the 'enough.' Enough with the wondering:  "Am I enough?" Not sure we usually ask it that way.  Pretty sure it usually comes out more like this:  "Am I {pretty / handsome / smart /funny / successful / debonair / young-looking / generally fabulous} enough?" The answer is no.  The answer is also yes. (Yes, I meant what I just typed.) Usually we ask the 'am I enough?' question because it actually does plague our hearts and minds.  It's not a casual question that comes up in conversations in elevators and taxi cabs and philanthropic cocktail parties. It's the question...

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Dear Krista …

October 13, 2015

  Dear Krista, Twenty years? Really? Twenty years since we graduated from college? But - and I'm no math expert, but I've been working on upping my game - that means that we met t.w.e.n.t.y.-f.o.u.r. years ago.  How? Aren't we only 27? Did we really meet in pre-school and this time lapse thing is all just an extended-play dream? All that time that's passed means that we've known each other way longer than we haven't. Surreal. I was thinking about how I'll get to see you ...

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Once Upon A Time …

October 12, 2015

  Once upon a time, there was a child. She was tiny and would have seemed fragile were it not for the strength of her lungs and the power in her voice as she let out her newborn cries. She was her parents' first child.  A long-awaited gift, she grew to have Shirley Temple curls that were soft as a cloud and bright eyes that shined beautifully behind glasses that made her look like the smartest one in the room. Her parents went on to have three more children whom they adored with all their hearts, but it was this little girl who made...

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Joy To The World: pre-orders have begun!

October 2, 2015

PRE-ORDERS begin today!  The first 100 orders at the pre-order price of $12 apiece (regular price is $15 apiece beginning November 2) will get a FREE copy of Amelia's Gift, my first CD. Orders have already started flowing in.  We'd love to have you be among the first 100 purchasers!  This is a top-notch album recorded in an award-winning studio in Nashville with one of the best sacred music arrangers of all time and with the talents of more than 15 professional musicians.  We are confident that this will be one of your favorite Christmas albums in years to come. Merry Christmas,...

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