#96 What I Said At My Father’s Funeral

#96 What I Said At My Father’s Funeral

My father, my sweet Daddy, has been gone one year now today. I’m still picking up pieces of my heart, but I do have so much to be thankful for: my healthy, growing girls; the loving relationship I have with my step mom who is still across the driveway and doing well; and my husband, […]

My Stories: The Naked Celebrity (don’t worry, no pictures!)

My Stories: The Naked Celebrity (don’t worry, no pictures!)

So I’ve gotten a few questions about my mention of a naked celebrity sighting. No, I wasn’t speaking metaphorically, about a naked soul or anything. I meant naked naked. When my lovely friend Todd turned 30, he picked the people he wanted to be with and gathered us all together in Key West, Florida. I […]

#76: A Different Kind of Class Reunion

#76: A Different Kind of Class Reunion

It surprises new friends of mine to learn that I attended a large state university. And rightly so; I have more of a bookish personality than one suited to a party school where football is king. Those who know me well assume the reality show of my collegiate life would bear a closer resemblance to […]

#69: If I’d Been a Blogger in 2005 – Stuff I Wrote Once About Being a Christian

#69: If I’d Been a Blogger in 2005 – Stuff I Wrote Once About Being a Christian

There is a tension between “the Christian life” and “my life,” and it causes me to fear that one day soon I will be discovered. On the one hand, I am a missionary. On the other hand, I have seen Cuba Gooding, Jr. naked, have been locked in a mall, have had a panic attack […]

#48: Real Simple

#48: Real Simple

When I lived in Eastern Europe, my friends back here would ask me what I missed or would like in a care package. I enjoy magazines, so that was always on the list. One spring, three different friends of mine paid money to send the same issue of the same magazine, “Real Simple,” all the […]

#37: White Paint, Red Clay

#37: White Paint, Red Clay

Last time, I told you about the birth of my heart for cross-cultural missions.  If you missed it, you can catch up here. That first trip to Russia in 1997 opened a new world to me and ignited something in me that has never died down. I suddenly saw far beyond the boundaries of my […]

#36: Accents and Anvils

#36: Accents and Anvils

It was April 1997, and I was attending a Tuesday night singles’ Bible study called 7:22 that was led by Louie Giglio. Louie is nothing if not motivational, and God was opening a new chapter in my life – one in which I was becoming aware of Him, His work in me and around the […]

#20: Abracadabra

#20: Abracadabra

I have just recently started watching, from the beginning thanks to Netflix, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”. I had heard people here and there rave about it, so one night I added it to my streaming queue and settled in to see what the fuss was all about. Three evenings and eight episodes later, I […]

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