I Just Want to Love Watching Them Play

I believe there are important lessons in having our kids play but not making it the central focus of their lives or the lives of the entire family. We still need to make space for family vacations, summer jobs, worship, academics, and yes, general leisure. I believe that one...

It’s Not Time to be a Lazy Citizen

As Americans we have watched the pendulum swing higher and higher to the left and the right with each election cycle. It has left many of us in the middle out of the conversation, asking what we need to do to get our politicians to listen to us. The...

Caring Hurts, but I Don’t Have It in Me to Stop

I am tired, but quitting isn't an option, because the only way things will get better is if we fight for the change that will make that happen. So as difficult as it is, I will keep looking at the big picture and fight for the change that will...

The Glory of the Garden Lies In More Than Meets the Eye

It’s September, and the garden will soon begin its gentle decline. It won’t be long until the ground freezes and nothing can grow again until next spring. But the lessons from the garden—the patient acceptance of what is here, the challenging reframe of messiness into abundance, and the hopeful...

On Being a Writer Who Blogs

For me, blogging is about loving the art of writing and wanting to share that writing with others. It's about wanting my words to mean something to someone else. It's about looking back at something I've written and saying to myself, "wow, those words came out of my brain."...