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On Feeding Imperfectly: Hard-earned Hospitality and Motherhood

Two posts in one week! I know, right? Today I'm over at GraceTable sharing about my long-journey into the kitchen and how--though I am not a natural cook--feeding my children has become a liturgy of grace in my life. Not all the good things we spend are lives doing come easy. In fact, plenty of them don't. And still, on ...

You, me, and Leigh: What living with my single friend has taught me (and my family) about friendship and unexpected blessings.

    This is my friend, Leigh. She's also my roommate. Today I have a new piece up at For Her about what it's looked like and what I've learned by having a single friend live with me and my family for the past year. Spoiler Alert: I think that when families and single people live together it's good for ...

This is how we love each other

There should always be homemade Chex mix on the counter, in a twenty year old Tupperware dish. Also, there should be my 94-year-old grandmother Deenie’s peanut patties (dyed red with food coloring, made with corn syrup) available to all. Speaking of red food coloring, I have to mention Mom’s chocolate chip ...

Jesus in real life: A repost for Halloween

I wrote this post three years ago. And it remains one of those conversations with my son that I think about often. Especially at Halloween. Hope you don't mind my sharing it again... “Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We’re driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good ...

One year later, how Ace picked us

This past Sunday night was the year anniversary of the night I discovered I was pregnant with Ace. It was August 17, 2014, the night before the first day of school and Chris was leaving for a redeye to somewhere I can’t remember now. I’d be alone for that first week of school while Chris was off on what was (in my ...

What I’m Into: M(P)aternity Leave/Ace Edition

[caption id="attachment_9934" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Ace asleep in the cradle my grandfather made me[/caption] So, if I had my stuff together, I’d be adding my voice to Leigh Kramer’s “What I’m Into” blog linkup every month. At the end of the month, like the rest of the fun blogging people I ...

Rituals: Paying Attention to the Setting Sun

It was January when we moved into our house over a year ago. We’d lived in San Francisco for close to four years already, but we’d mostly avoided the Outer Sunset District, a neighborhood known for soul-less square houses and tiny front yards paved over into driveways. San Francisco is a city that was built around ...