the best decision I didn’t want to make (guest post at Kindred Mom)

Hi! Kindred Mom has kicked off the fall series and I had one go up last week. You can read the whole thing here or continue reading for a piece of it. Do I really want to do this? I was eight months pregnant. Four hours of tossing and turning now counted as  “a good …

a look back at June

Somehow it’s July already (and not even the beginning anymore). As I’ve done the last few months, I’m borrowing Emily P. Freeman’s reflection questions to pause and look back over my month. Once again, I’m reordering them capriciously. What’s the best thing that could happen in July? Done already happened: Alycia arrived Sarah and Beth …

pink tutus as a cure for overwhelm?

“How do I stop defining myself as overwhelmed?” Melissa asked this question five minutes ago in slack (one of an absurd number of platforms our team uses to communicate), but it’s been in my head for at least five years. My two basic moods are overwhelmed and asleep. Lindsey chimed in “fragmented” which is a …

on gardening (and motherhood)

I’m part of Exhale, a creative community for mothers of faith. They’re doing a creativity challenge this week, and today was “Write 20 minutes.” So here are twenty minutes of my thoughts: I’m sitting on the edge of a planter in my “office” (the parking lot of the library). I can smell the honey scent …

prayer of petition and lament for white people during racial unrest

Lord God, we see the pain around us—the rage rightly boiling over, from and on behalf of the oppressed. We confess our participation within this system, our willful ignorance of suffering and injustice, our indifference to the pain we see that does not affect us, the reticence to see the ways in which we are …