paying attention.

“The practice of paying attention serves as an anchor for the soul in a fast-moving world.” -Emily P. Freeman I need this reminder over and over again. When my life feels crazy or hard or simply too fast, it is so good for my heart to slow down and pay attention. What am I noticing…

the final say.

I’m working on writing a book. Even saying that is hard. I feel like I should have so much more figured out to be able to say that. The truth is that it is slow work, work that I feel like can almost get buried under the laundry and diapers and dishes and hot mess…

what we all need to hear.

She was a rockstar. Seriously. When I met her, I could hardly believe how put together she was. And yet she was  the student and I was the employee, supposed to mentor her. I felt like she didn’t need me and I couldn’t imagine what I had to offer her, other than the appearance of…

saying yes, when it doesn’t make sense.

I get overwhelmed when I look at how many people need clean drinking water and a place to live. I get overwhelmed by how many children are orphaned and need a home and an education and someone to love them. I get overwhelmed by the vast stretch of need and how small and limited I…

dear friend in transition.

A letter to myself and anyone else in the mess of transition. Dear friend, You’re in the mess of transition. Your heart knows it, even if your head seems to forget in the midst of everyday life. One day is a full blown hot mess. The next you wonder “what was that all about?” You…

butterfly of bravery.

In my days of Residence Life, Bob Goff came to campus. My husband and I had read Love Does aloud to each other during my pregnancy that summer and were quickly tremendous fans of this boisterous, kind, impulsive, wholehearted man. Although we didn’t get our dream of making him a salmon dinner during his brief…