• Not Enough, and That’s Okay.

    At bedtime, my children often take the final moments of the day to deposit one last fear, one more complaint, or one final wish into my repository. That’s what I’ve become to my children.…

    May 7, 2021
  • Update 2021

    Some of you have asked how I’m doing. Others have probably wondered if I’m still alive. I am alive—very much so! But like you, I’ve had a rough year. It was hard for me…

    January 14, 2021
  • Forty and Rich

    My mom had a few pet verses she liked to quote at her children. I say “quote at” because that is what it felt like at 15 when the posture of my heart revealed…

    May 22, 2020
  • A Mother’s Hope and Legacy: Psalm 103

    Psalm 103, ESV At the advice of his co-workers, my twenty-one year old dad made his way into Hamm’s North Lawrence Rock Quarry outside Lawrence, Kansas to see the attractive scale master working inside.…

    May 8, 2019
  • Asher’s Story

    Chapter 1: The Early Years We had been wanting a baby for quite some time, and then when we least expected it, there you were growing inside me, poised to make your debut on…

    April 25, 2019
  • The Resurrection is Good News NOW!

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph. 2:10, NLT There I was sitting on…

    April 5, 2019
  • Growing Into Your Name

    Last year on your 7th birthday, I wrote you this letter. Not much has changed. We still really love you. You’re still dramatic and fearful and fierce and funny and affectionate all at once.…

    February 27, 2019
  • AWOL

    Last year, I set a goal that seemed totally reasonable at the time. And then I committed myself by telling people. And then—as you well know, I went AWOL. Blogging once a week during…

    February 7, 2019
  • No Greater Joy (Jude’s 10th Birthday)

    “Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” You were three. It was the dead of night. And the bane of toddlers and the wintertime dread of every parent struck. It was your…

    January 24, 2019
  • 15 Thoughts for 15 Years

    Our crystal anniversary began much like every other day. As the custodian of the alarm, I woke you up. You immediately squeezed my hand and whispered “Happy anniversary—I love you” in your morning voice.…

    December 19, 2018