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How small talk can form lasting relationships

  For those of us who dread chit chat about the details of potty training. For those of us who cannot handle discussing the weather when there are real, deep issues (the election! our life purposes! how I feel about my children getting older!) to talk about. Here's what I've learned about small talk and why ...

On Belonging, and the Buddy Walk

When I got the prenatal diagnosis for Ace's Down syndrome I felt a strong sense of separation. I was no longer a typical mother raising typical kids. I was different. My husband was different. Our family was somehow other. This wasn't something I worried about for long. From the beginning our friends and our ...

Cultivate: Choosing Love & Humility Over Rightness, or When Resurrection is Our Story

I could say that my silence here has been because I’ve been “busy.” And that would be true, at least partially. Busy covers a multitude of realities, doesn’t it? But if I want to be honest about the past few weeks of my life, I have to tell you that I am in the midst of a tumultuous season, a time that has felt ...

On Friendship and God’s Bounty

It’s been five years since we moved three thousand miles from the western suburbs of Philadelphia to San Francisco. My husband’s company needed him to help launch a new product: We’d be transferred to California for two years, and then we’d be back. Just a little adventure, they said. Five years later, our ...

Thankful Tuesday . . . Revived!

It's been a long time since it was Thankful Tuesday around here, maybe an entire year. A friend recently told me she'd missed Thankful Tuesdays, which was a surprise to me, actually. I'd always thought Thankful Tuesdays were more a day I loved on the blog each week, and less something anyone else read. But the truth is: ...

Second Simplicity (sharing my story at Amy Peterson’s blog)

  Amy Peterson is a kindred soul out here in the internet, and I'm grateful she invited me to be part of a series of guest posts she's hosting on the growing up of faith. I was invited to share a moment in my life when my confident answers turned to questions, when I moved from naive faith to something richer. ...

A Chocolate Croissant for Elissa

  When Elissa and I hung out for the very first time, it was fall in Syracuse and she wondered if I wanted to climb a tree. “Of course I want to climb a tree,” I’d said and meant it. We were in our twenties, in graduate school, and I did not get many offers like tree climbing. So we climbed and she told me ...