A Letter to the Church on Mother’s Day (Guest Post at Spiritual Parent)

One night a couple years ago, I was in the middle of our bedtime saga—trying to get dinner put away and my twin toddlers wrestled into pajamas so we could begin the  battle that would end, inevitably, with me sitting on the floor between two wiggly toddler bodies, a hand on each back, patting slowly …

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When the Experts Fail Us

I've been thinking a lot lately about expert advice. I crave it. The alluring notion that there is an objectively best way to do everything in life is pitched to us in every sphere - books, blogs, seminars - if you're anxious about it, there's someone waiting in the wings to teach you how to overcome it. And I fall for it every time.

An Imprinting of Love: How to Be Gentle With Your Kids and Yourself (at the Spiritual Parent)

I was nine when we moved from our small New England town to the suburban sprawl of Colorado Springs. Everything was bigger there. The houses, the churches, the mountains, somehow even God was larger, more real, more present. Christianity had been an important part of our family culture before, but now it took center stage. …

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