The Gospel of Kale

The Gospel of Kale

I’ve lost count of the number of meals I’ve eaten in the last week that contained kale. There was a salmon fillet over kale for dinner one night, and then a couple of days of smoothies with kale and strawberries. There was a kale breakfast salad I ate for lunch one day, and a kale […]

Better together

Better together

I’m an introvert. Perhaps I’ve mentioned that a time or two. I’m learning more and more what that means, but for many years I thought that being an introvert meant I wanted–and needed–to go it alone. As a first-born child, I also have an independent streak, and though I haven’t always been confident about my […]

What Losing My Voice Teaches Me About Finding It

What Losing My Voice Teaches Me About Finding It

I lost my voice this week. For three agonizing days, my throat has hurt to talk, and while I’m not what you would call “chatty,” I am a communicator, and having a weak voice at best has been frustrating. My son, God love him, who is almost 6, thinks it’s hilarious to say, “What? I […]

When There’s No Place to Hide

When There’s No Place to Hide

At the risk of causing a popular Disney song to be stuck in your head for months, I have to say this: “Conceal. Don’t feel. Don’t let them know.” Of course, the movie Frozen is popular in our house. We have a 7-year-old daughter, and while “Let It Go” is overplayed and overused, its words are […]

How convenient

How convenient

I pulled into the bank parking lot, hands a bit sweaty, rehearsing my lines before I walked in the door. I need to withdraw some money in different denominations than I can get from the ATM. Maybe it seems weird to you to have to practice what you’re going to say while running an errand, […]

What We Give Up for Life

What We Give Up for Life

Last year, I hung a fern on my porch. It was my first foray into hanging baskets. I’m a reluctant gardener with a sometimes black thumb. But I love flowers and greenery, so I got a hanging fern for my birthday and I tucked it into the corner and watered it mostly faithfully. And then […]

Who’s Got You?

Who’s Got You?

As a child of the ’80s, I have fond memories of Christopher Reeve as Superman. Though the first movie was released the year I was born, I can still remember the thrill of watching this dreamy superhero swoop in and save the day. One of my favorite exchanges from that movie is when Lois Lane […]

The One Who Makes Room

The One Who Makes Room

One of my best memories of high school (and there are few) is the lunch table where my friends and I gathered daily to share a meal. We always chose a circular table, rather than the long, rectangular ones. Maybe it felt more intimate or inclusive. I don’t know why, really, but I remember the […]

The Truth About Rest

The Truth About Rest

We had a long week. One of those weeks where the calendar was too full and at the beginning of the week, you just knew that by the end you were going to be dragging. I woke up this morning wondering how much of me was left for the tasks ahead. Today required extra effort […]

Days of Wonder

Days of Wonder

I nestled into the window seat, nose practically touching the glass, eager for a glimpse of the world outside the plane’s climate-controlled interior. It was not my first flight, but maybe you wouldn’t know that if you sat next to me. Whenever possible, I angle for a window seat. I like watching people, sure, but […]

What Happened When I Started Talking About Depression

What Happened When I Started Talking About Depression

I almost didn’t write it. I have a tendency to over-share in the spirit of openness, especially on Facebook. The introvert in me doesn’t always filter my posts and because I don’t have to look anyone in the face to gauge their reaction, I often post first, think later. And sometimes, if I’m honest, I’m […]

When What I Need Is Less Not More

When What I Need Is Less Not More

“Mommy, what did you get for Christmas?” We were unpacking our suitcases and the boxes full of presents we’d carried with us to and from a visit to family in the Midwest over the Christmas and New Year holiday. My 5-year-old son had a long list of answers to this question for himself, as did […]

One Thing Leads to Another, for Better or Worse

One Thing Leads to Another, for Better or Worse

I’m unashamedly a back roads kind of girl. Maybe it was growing up in rural Illinois, or maybe it’s the discovery of something I’ve never seen before, but since we moved to the suburbs of this small city in Lancaster County, Pa., I drive the back roads whenever I can. It’s possible that part of my […]

When There Are No Words

When There Are No Words

I have no words. So I’m sitting here typing a blog post about how I have no words because it’s my scheduled day to write one, and I’m just not sure what to say. It’s a scary thing for a writer to run out of words, and maybe it’s not that I’m out of words […]

Finding Our Way When the Way Isn’t Clear

Finding Our Way When the Way Isn’t Clear

“Are we still on the trail?” We were hiking in an unfamiliar park, on a path that said it led to a waterfall. It also said “Warning: Hike at your own risk. Trail is treacherous at points and hikers have fallen.”  I don’t remember if I asked the question out loud, but I certainly thought […]

When (I Feel Like) I’m Hard to Love

When (I Feel Like) I’m Hard to Love

Early last month our family was having A DAY. You know, the kind where nothing goes as planned and it just goes downhill from there. It was a Sunday morning, which is rarely a relaxing laidback time. It’s more of a sprint to church after we’ve let ourselves sleep in longer than intended. On this […]

When I Want to Go Deeper

When I Want to Go Deeper

This summer, our family spent a week on the Jersey Shore in a beautiful resort town called Cape May. It’s an area full of beauty and history and my imagination was awakened with stories and characters and questions too numerous to count. A beach vacation is hardly first on my list of destinations, but at […]

When Enough is Enough

When Enough is Enough

Sometime this spring, a pair of robins built a nest and laid some eggs in the tree in our front yard. I watched them court (do birds court?) and take up residence in our yard. I’ve seen the mama sit patiently on the nest, hidden behind the leaves, and the daddy robin search the ground […]