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My middle child

Sometimes I think Sophia is a microcosm of the human race. Witness this note I found in her Easter basket while cleaning today and its trajectory. 1. Jesus! Easter! Hooray! 2. Even though I want a dog, clearly he would cost me my candy so I don’t really want a... read more

Three things I learned this weekend

If you ask me, the notion that being a pastor’s wife is some big fat deal often strays into very self-absorbed territory.” –Anonymous pastor’s wife Friday afternoon I kissed my family goodbye and drove off through beautiful eastern and middle... read more

Easter 2015 and other things

My Facebook feed is full of Easter 2015 pictures of lovely families in their spring best. They’re all so adorable. Every year I wonder how pastor’s families manage to get Easter pictures. Our family is never in the same place at the same moment, and we... read more

Where the sidewalk ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind. Let us leave this place where the... read more

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

I’ve been a sleepwalker since I was a kid, most notably in sixth grade when my best friend Malfrid moved back to Norway, and I sleptwalked up the street to her apartment building and sobbed on her landing because the door was locked and she was gone, and back... read more

Whirlwind to Atlanta

I’ve been to Atlanta so many times that I have the mayor’s airport welcome message memorized, but in nine years traveling through ATL I’ve never set foot outside the airport. We remedied that this spring break week with a quick trip to the... read more

Sunday, Sunday

We ate on the porch for the first evening this year, a delicious meal of brown butter tortellini with lemon zest and balsamic, and arugula, and fresh baguette dipped in an olive oil mixed with red pepper and pink Himalayan salt I found in the cupboard and dedicated in... read more

Books, hearths, snow, and other happenings

I’ve been reading some awesome books lately, which is, I think, the loveliest way to snuggle up in the living room on a winter night with a new slate hearth and surround setting the stage for the blazing fire. I’ve always loved reading 18th- and... read more

A cold winter’s day

Someone at work commented the other day that January is the worst month because there’s nothing to look forward to until spring. Of course, it was pouring rain that day, and our 100-year-old building was sucking in every single percentage of cold, clammy... read more

Looking back, looking ahead

Happy New Year! 2014 has been quite a year for me personally and for our family. No major life changes, but a good, satisfying year of growth and overall excellence. We all agreed last night at dinner, during our annual “Best of 2014/Goals for 2015″... read more

Morning routine and musings on gratitude

All my friends in my entrepreneurial circles are big into their Morning Routine. It goes something like this: Get up early, because early risers get stuff done. Meditate. Practice gratitude for things big and small. Read over long-term goals and ask self how the big... read more


Since it’s November and since there must be an up after the down, my thoughts this Thanksgiving week have turned to thankfulness. Not the evangelical blogger Instagramesque #gratitude kind, just the normal “Wow, I have some amazing people around me who... read more

Cucumber Gap in the snow

This week has been a beast, with too much going on internally and externally.  After two straight days of hours of sitting, due to a four-hour drive to Charlotte on Thursday, an all-day meeting including a working lunch on Friday and four+-hour drive back Friday... read more

More power to you

After last week’s fit of doldrums (which you may have read about via the post, but fortunately weren’t also subjected to the novel-length emails I wrote my family last week), my sister the counselor-in-training gave me some good advice. She said I’m... read more

The doldrums

I don’t know why I have to But this man must move on I loved my time here Didn’t know till I was gone November shadows, shade November change November spells sweet memory, the season blue remains It’s not even winter and I’m in a funk. A... read more

A philosophical question

Is it more valuable to work on your weaknesses or your strengths? I generally think it’s better to focus on your strengths and amplify them, and work around your weaknesses. But then I get into modes sometimes where I feel like I need to conquer, or at least... read more

Fall, sweet fall and other musings

People say fall is the prettiest on the east coast, but how could it be prettier than east Tennessee? Here’s the view out my dining room window this morning (as I sit here and struggle to make Derek’s laptop PC laptop do what I need it to do after months... read more

Habit Bull and the Big Three

So many things I want to accomplish, and so very little time. Or whatever. I think that’s often an excuse. “I don’t have time” really means “I am not making this a priority.” There are plenty of things I want to do, and don’t... read more

Superhero Sunday

I love this kid. He has the most elastic imagination, going from Captain Hook to Puss & Boots to Escelato (sp? skinny guy in Nacho Libre) in a matter of minutes. He fights bad guys, takes down alligators, and protects me, the “Lost Boys mom,” from mean... read more

This day, forever

Our CPH board meetings happen to fall around September 11 each year, which often puts me on a plane on a day of anxious, heightened sensitivity everywhere. A day of sorrow and remembrance. A day with every monitor in the airport blaring memorials, bells clanging for... read more