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10 life lessons I can rely on during these troubling times

  Hello? Hi readers. I miss you. I miss blogging. I miss writing. Some day I'll come back and I'll tell you all about these missing months, the treasures gleaned, the gift of the writing-silence, and why it was hard. But, for now, I'm just poking my head out to say hello, and share with you a little piece that ...

The Internal Frantic Monster (Or, My Addiction to the Egg Timer)

When I was in 3rd grade, I took my mom’s white mechanical egg timer (with one of those old-school dials that turned and ticked) from the kitchen counter and developed a plan to time each aspect of my morning routine. I set myself some “reasonable” goals—ten minutes for my hair, fifteen minutes for breakfast, three ...

My interview with Keri Wyatt Kent, Part 2

[caption id="attachment_9757" align="aligncenter" width="709"] If our ordinary moments don’t matter to God, then why are we here? Of course they matter. The spiritual work is simply recognizing.[/caption]   Today Part 2 of my interview with Keri Wyatt Kent is up at her site. And she's giving away a copy of my ...

When I Can’t Calm My Son’s Fears

Today I'm over at Amy Julia Becker's Christianity Today blog sharing about parenting, anxiety, and my own "Small Talk" experiences with my son. If you haven't yet read my interview with Amy Julia from earlier this week, click here. Her new book Small Talk is the perfect Christmas gift for the mom in your life.  . . ...

An Invitation to Choose the Better Thing

This morning I sat in my bed and listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Pray As You Go. On the crazy mornings, the ones where I don’t wake up early enough (read: 5:45) to pray in the quiet and I feel the sting of leaving the house at 7:15 to get the kids to school (WHY? WHY DO WE LEAVE THE HOUSE AT 7:15???), the Pray ...

How Benedictine Spirituality Changed the Way I Mother

Last spring my first book came out. It’s a memoir about prayer and motherhood and how the Rule of St. Benedict gave me permission to move toward a new sort of relationship with God: one where grace weighs heavier than my ability to be impressive. These past few months I’ve been answering interview questions about ...

An Invitation to Live Quietly

  I pushed my cart through Trader Joe’s, my littlest one eating his lunch in the child seat, the way we do every Monday after he gets out of preschool. We moved past the veggies and fresh fruits and I reached for bag of carrots and thought about Twitter. I thought about what I should be doing on Twitter. I thought about ...