A lesson in prayer

When I first started praying — when I was 28, after a life of atheism — I unintentionally fell into thinking of God as a glorified wish-granting genie. My prayers were all petitions for what I wanted God to give me or my family and friends. As I got to know about prayer and… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 39)

— 1 — I cannot believe that our Kidsave child “Rita” arrives Thursday! I also found out that the children’s chaperone from Colombia will rotate houses while she’s here, and she’ll be staying with us first, so she’ll be coming home with us from the airport on Thursday as well. (For those of you doing… [Continue Reading]

How to build traffic to your blog

Check out my guest post at Rachelle Gardner’s site: How to build traffic to your blog Today I put on my web developer hat for a guest post at literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s site about how to get traffic to a blog. I’ve been creating websites for than 10 years both professionally and personally,… [Continue Reading]

Talk to me about the Psalms

I’ll be on the road heading home from our trip to Houston this afternoon, so I thought I’d let you guys do the talking today. Here’s what I’d like to get your thoughts on: I feel like I don’t “get” the Psalms. Ever since I started praying the Liturgy of the Hours, which is centered… [Continue Reading]

Faith on display

The chaos of being on vacation with four kids under five in a non-childproof house is using up all my mental energy, so here’s one from the archives. It was originally published on October 9, 2007, and is still something I think about a lot today. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. One subject… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 38)

— 1 — We’re headed to Houston this weekend to visit Yaya, go to dinner with a friend who’s in town, and my husband and son are meeting up with friends at a Houston Dynamo soccer game. I’m trying not to dwell on the downsides (demolished nap schedules, overtired kids who don’t sleep well away… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday tomorrow!

Since there are quite a few new readers this week, I wanted to take a moment to invite you all to join us in 7 Quick Takes Friday tomorrow. It’s the simplest blog carnival on the web: just list seven thoughts that are too short for a blog post but too long for and… [Continue Reading]

I went out to buy a skirt.

A guest post by Simcha Fisher. Some women speak of “retail therapy” — shopping to lift one’s mood, or to reward or compensate oneself for some trauma. For me, shopping is the trauma. Here’s how the day goes: Before leaving the house, I prepare myself to shop. I take a shower and do that special… [Continue Reading]

We have dates!

I’m so excited, I just had to share: we finally found out when our Kidsave Summer Miracles child will be here: July 2 – August 4. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story of our involvement with Kidsave, I wrote about it here.)