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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 ...

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: ...

some FOUND outtakes, vol. 4

Late August – Ordinary Time August’s tiny room has one spot for a crib and that spot provides him a perfect angle for flicking on the light switch. He’s had a cough for the past week that has been waking him in the middle of the night. And in his happy, wakened state, he’s been figuring he might as well turn on ...

some FOUND outtakes, vol. 1

Last week, in a piece I wrote over at antler (On Writing: Ego, Insecurity, and the Life of the Beloved) I mentioned the 14,000 (or so) words I wrote in the making of Found. And the 7,500 of those words that I cut. Some of those chopping sessions were a bit more painful than others. Some felt like shedding a jacket when I'd ...

Marriage and the Growing Up of Us

When did we grow up? It wasn’t then, when we stood in the mountain meadow, flowers in my hair. And your hair, oh, honey. Your hair was such a mess. It took you four years to believe me that conditioner would do you good. That product would REALLY do you good. You stood in that meadow with that hair and I loved you. I loved ...

The Pursuit of Enough: When sadness lives on the doorstep of happiness

  A couple of months ago, I had a conversation about my book with a former professor, a writing mentor. We were trying to get at the heart of this story I’m trying to tell in my memoir. Yes, it’s about prayer and losing it and finding it again in an entirely new, hope-giving way. But what’s underneath that? ...

The Pursuit of Enough: Remembering the Thankful

  I can flip the switch from Resting Weekend Micha to Anxious Snap-Mouth Micha in about, ummm, three minutes of staring at my computer, remembering all that exists in there that I still have to do. The lovely thing about my Lenten practice of Sabbath beginning at sundown on Saturday night and ending sundown on Sunday night, ...