My (very late) word for the year

I didn’t choose a “word of the year” this year. The New Year happened to coincide a particularly low point in the bo process, even by doomed project standards, and I scrapped the whole word choosing process when the only options I could come up with were: Futility Despair Floccinaucinihilipilification Then last Tuesday I found… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 173)


— 1 — When I read through the Quick Takes posts each week, I’m surprised at how often other s express the need for cohesion in their posts. It’s somehow troubling to them to throw up seven completely unrelated statements, and so they carefully choose a unifying theme that will weave all of their items… [Continue Reading]

Why I decided to get therapy

This morning I’m doing something I never dreamed that I would do: I’m going to see a therapist. All my life, I’ve placed myself firmly in the category of Not the Kind of Person Who Goes to Therapy. First of all, I was vaguely suspicious of it as a general concept. I’d heard horror stories… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 172)

— 1 — First of all, thank you so much for the kind words and well wishes. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the prayers and support you’ve offered both for my neighbors and for me. I can’t speak for anyone else involved, but I know that I am still working through it,… [Continue Reading]

On grief and neighbors

Two weeks ago, I was scheming about moving. I was tired of trying to fit seven people into three bedrooms, tired of the fact that issues with our back yard mean that the kids won’t play out there for long periods of time, tired of scorpions stinging my children in the face. Also, a few… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday

Just a quick update to note that Hallie will be guest hosting 7 Quick Takes this week. Also, if you would like to read the obituary of the young man killed in the accident I mentioned earlier this week, you can find that here. Please pray for his soul, for all who were on the… [Continue Reading]

Taking some time off

I witnessed a terrible motorcycle accident in our neighborhood this weekend, and the victim was the brother of one of my little friends. I’m taking some time off to process it all. Please pray for all involved.

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 171)


— 1 — Let me just warn you that I am writing this on very little sleep. Last night was one of the worst nights I have had in my parenting history — and that is saying something, considering that my first child we up every few hours around the clock until he was almost… [Continue Reading]

A monthly roundup – May


ON THE CALENDAR Saturday, May 12 I’m excited to be speaking at a moms brunch at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in College Station, TX. For tickets or  information, call 979-693-6994. Friday, August 31 I’m honored to be giving a keynote presentation at the Catholic New Media Conference in Dallas, TX (along with my friends Elizabeth… [Continue Reading]