Category Archives: Learning Authenticity

in which I go ahead and say All The Stuff, because everything that can be shaken will be

I click the WordPress “new post” button and my stomach does a flip. I take a deep breath and will my heart rate to slow. I don’t know what to say. So many thoughts, so much happening in my heart, … Continue reading

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special needs parenting is hard. sitting still is harder.

The on-hold music goes quiet at the precise moment that I lose my cool. The kids have been chasing, climbing, pushing — mostly laughing but occasionally crossing the line between roughhousing and fighting, for a solid 15 minutes, and I’m not sure what I’m thinking, … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting | 15 Comments

in which I’m {still} learning not to play small {or: thoughts after last night’s counseling session}

Somewhere around 15 inches of snow have blanketed the Denver area over the last few days. The kids and I (and even Stan, who worked from home the last couple of days to avoid a slow, slippery, snow-packed commute) spent … Continue reading

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on social media politics and the Father’s heart

So. My Facebook wall has been an interesting place lately. If you’ve lurked around my page in recent weeks, you’ve likely witnessed some intense conversations. Full-on arguments even, complete with a small handful of accusations and insults that’ve made my jaw drop in … Continue reading

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on anxiety and other “less-than-spiritual” realities

I’m jolted awake in the middle of the night. I don’t know exactly what woke me, but I do know my heart is pounding so fiercely that for a moment I wonder if it might collide with my chest wall hard enough … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus | 11 Comments

I want to tell you about the good things.

It snowed last night. Big, wet, gorgeous flakes, of which I just now realized I haven’t taken one single picture. Annnnnd, bam. Just remedied that little issue. Here you go: Though my iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice, this is the view … Continue reading

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A Quick Update (or, the one thing that’s more real than my fear)

It’s been in the 50’s and pouring down rain for 2 days in a row. Typically I would be head-over-heals for this kind of Autumn weather (boots, flannel, sweaters — you know the drill). But hauling my two littles around … Continue reading

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Who Are You? {an introduction and an invitation}

My so deeply cherished friends. If you’ve read my heart in this little space for any length of time, then you know it is incredibly rare that I invite anyone else’s words to find voice here. Part of the reason for that is sheer … Continue reading

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On absorbing beauty and going to the park

The mountains. Y’all. They are balm to my soul like I can’t describe in words. But watch me try. I spent this past weekend up in Allenspark, CO with a group of 30 or so precious women from our church … Continue reading

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Cracking the windows open a little wider {in which I fill y’all in a bit more on what’s up with our fam}

I sit outside tonight at the Starbucks down the street from our apartment complex, and at 6:45 PM I’ve already rolled the sleeves of my cozy flannel shirt all the way down. The Colorado air is nothing short of perfection … Continue reading

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