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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 ...

An Invitation to Extend Hospitality Toward God’s Voice

  Last week I rediscovered some good words from one of my favorite Benedictines, Macrina Weiderkehr, in her book Abide, that beautiful devotional of hers I keep mentioning around here. She writes this:   “Is it possible to extend hospitality to the Word of God and remain unchanged? We offer hospitality ...

An Invitation into the Spacious Ordinary

                                                          It’s a Saturday afternoon. Brooksie’s napping and Chris is upstairs vacuuming. August has wandered downstairs to see what I’m up to. I’m sitting cross-legged on the carpet folding clothes. He joins me. “Mommy, how do you fold ...

Who has it hardest? (A Mother’s Day post)

Is motherhood harder for a movie star than for a mom who works 9 to 5?   A whole month ago (which is like, 15 years in Internet-time), Gwyneth Paltrow turned more than a few heads when, in an interview with ENews, she explained that being a mother who works fourteen hour days on a movie set is more difficult than ...

An Invitation to Curiosity

“All my childhood, I told my parents that I wanted to grow up and live in a big city. And all my childhood, my parents responded with, ‘No you don’t. You'd hate living in a big city because driving is terrible and there are too many people and big cities are too crowded.’ Just once, I wanted them to ask me why? ...

Introducing Hill Country Hill Tribers (And a giveaway for Mother’s Day!)

I'm so excited to have Jessica Goudeau here today sharing about one of my favorite organizations (and Etsy shops!) around. Half of the Christmas presents I gave this past year came from the women of Hill Country Hill Tribers. And I'm thrilled to let Jessica share with you about their story, just in time for Mother's Day. ...

Thankful Tuesday, from a soup kitchen

I’m writing from a soup kitchen in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Here there are big rooms packed with rickety bunk beds (some of them piled three high!) on the second and third floors. The soup kitchen is on the first floor. There are around 150 high school students staying here with me and their leaders. And I’m ...