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Beautiful and Broken

Wednesday: Ashes and Death

I wrote this post five (FIVE!) years ago when I was pregnant with Brooksie, now a little boy who is making some extravagant plans for his fifth birthday next month. It's one of those rare things when I can come back to an old post and can still say, Yes, that's what I wanted to say. It's Ash Wednesday. I hope this day ...

The Ashes and the Being Made Whole

I published this piece two years ago at A Deeper Story, but I've never shared its entirety over here. Today is Ash Wednesday: let's think about wholeness, okay? I had planned to worship beside my husband on Ash Wednesday. For the almost-decade of our marriage, we have never once been to my favorite service of the year ...

On being “healed of being a big deal”

When I was four years old, I donned the emerald green satin leotard of my dreams, tutu attached, and danced on a stage before an auditorium full of smiling people, STARING AT ME (and about fifteen other little girls). It was incredible. I still remember the smell of the satin,  the magic of their attention, their ...

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (guest post by Elizabeth Esther…and giveaway)

I'm honored to have Elizabeth Esther here today to share about her memoir Girl at the End of the World, a book I read in three days (Right before my book was about to release! When I should have been sleeping!) because I couldn't stop myself. Her story is captivating and heartbreaking and deeply brave. I'm honored to call her ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3 (A Repost)

[caption id="attachment_6870" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Note: This was first published last Advent, following the shootings in Newtown... Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance ...

Disaster relief in the Philippines…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnnsJhcLU1M#t=19[/youtube]   You probably know that I had the privilege of traveling with World Vision a couple of months ago and I believe strongly in the work it does throughout the world. World Vision has launched an emergency response to the help the 9.5 million survivors of ...

Thomas, a Modern Day Desert Father

Thomas always stands on 9th and Clement in the afternoon. He and his red shopping cart piled high with strange containers and blankets and, usually, bottles of Coke. I always wonder, is it old Coke? Is it still bubbly? Thomas loves Coke. Usually, he paces and talks to himself, pivots, and does it again. But I’ve been ...