10 Tips for Writing When You Don’t Want To (a guest post by Emily Wierenga)


  I’m so thankful and happy to welcome my friend Emily T. Wierenga to share today. We both write for The Better Mom website and our friendship over these past few years has been such an encouragement from God… From Emily– I pin the colored fabric as though savoring a mango, this slice of time [Read More...]

On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness


I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [Read More...]

October 30, 2013


  Celebrating– Double-digits. And our first teenager. Returning from– A fun weekend in Seattle with family celebrating Grandma, Grandpa, Eliana, Cavan, and Laura birthdays–   swimming, airplane museum, movies, swimming, Rainforest café, and more swimming… Reading– Crazy Busy– Kevin DeYoung The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness– Tim Keller The Golden Goblet– Eloise McGraw   Listening to– The Gettys [Read More...]

I Have a Friend…

anne-Marie's Sunset

I have a friend who is going in for a medical test today. Images, biopsies, invasive… Invading the allusion of security and safety that so easily numbs us to eternity. And the results could be life-impacting. Some might say– Shattering. And I probably won’t think-pray about much else today. But– In the midst of it all [Read More...]

I Want a Kid Named Barnabas


Drawn from the archives… On a day when we need a little 1 Thess. 5:11 to fill these walls. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…” I want a kid named Barnabas. You know… That son of encouragement. (Acts 4:36) But first I have to change my own name. And listen when I [Read More...]

Praying for…


Praying for the Hartfeld and Springstead families tonight… As Jacob and Stacey head home awaiting hospice. Please join us in praying for Stacey and Jacob and their little ones. Dear Stacey & Jacob, Oh sweet friends… All day long. All day long God has brought you to mind. And every place I went today…the conversation [Read More...]

10 Ways to Grow a Friendship (for Becky)


  Tears drip off my chin, landing on the key board. This post is for my friend Becky. Who is moving far away tomorrow. And she gave me this old man smoking a pipe for my birthday. Probably my favorite gift because it represents years of friendship. A record of– Birthdays and marriages. Babies and [Read More...]

He Used Them… (when I needed to breathe)


It happened again this morning. Last night was a rough night and I had incredible intentions of getting up before the kiddos and continuing on with my plan for spending time in God’s Word. But between midnight and 6 am, a certain-three-year-old-someone woke up three times calling for me. Bone-weary. Eyes swollen and puffy. Starting [Read More...]

Love Confirmed or (my take on Allume 2012)

Online Friends I Love

That’s what this weekend was to me– Love confirmed. In so many ways. Love binding up and bringing close. Redeeming. Giving. Receiving. Confirming. I went to Allume (a writing-blogging-conference) with my eyes scanning for these answers… #1) Is it worth it?  Does God want it? Is it real? — all the friendships and connections and [Read More...]

What My Allume Roomies Should Know and Sharing Over at The Better Mom


  First… Let me just start by saying that I’m sharing a post that is close to my heart over at The Better Mom today… Our theme for October is– contentment. And I’m sharing about finding contentment (or battling for it) in those years when you have lots of Littles running around.  It’s also about how [Read More...]

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