Girl on Fire: How I learned that being a “good Christian” means being truly yourself

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Happy Epiphany! Happy New Year! I just got back from Nashville, where I was at the mind-blowing SEEK 2015 conference. There were 10,000 college students in attendance, and I had the honor of giving the women’s keynote. It’s the story of how I used to think that there was only one right way to… [Continue Reading]

The ecstatic joy of knowing you have a soul (and why I loved The Fault in Our Stars)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question: The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting? One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad… [Continue Reading]

The saint of the NICU

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my youngest child’s first birthday! Those of you who were reading a year ago might recall that that wasn’t the best day. It was a rough pregnancy, involving bilateral pulmonary embolisms, hospitalization, and getting stabbed in the neck by doctors (UNNECESSARILY). The birth was not a ton of fun either — without… [Continue Reading]

5 big ideas that changed my life

Combat peer orientation by raising shut-ins!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every now and then I like to take a step back and examine my worldview. I ask: What core beliefs define my outlook? What are the characteristics of the lens through which I see the world? I was pondering the subject while putting away laundry yesterday, and I came up with a list of key… [Continue Reading]

In defense of crying about Jesus

My Benedictine medal next to my pass for the IF Gathering.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Speaking of conferences, I spent all this weekend at the IF Gathering, and…wow. Of the hundreds of women in attendance, I’m pretty sure I was the only Catholic. I was there as a guest of my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker, who seemed to be both excited and a little bit concerned about what I’d… [Continue Reading]

22 things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood

Doll face-down in urine on the couch, 2010

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I was sitting here thinking of all the awesomeness that this wonderful, new, non-2013 year will hold, it occurred to me that my oldest child will turn ten this fall. Ten! I have officially been a parent for a decade now, and I’ve had six kids during that time. When I took a… [Continue Reading]

When in doubt…GO

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I got a word of the year! The same day I said I wasn’t inspired to do one, God gave me one. It was one of those rare moments of getting a very direct and clear inspiration that definitely did not come from me. I was thinking of something else entirely, then, out of… [Continue Reading]

Why I’m going to keep letting Santa and the Tooth Fairy ruin my life

A rough trip down from the attic leaves us with a statue of Mary, Jesus, and St. John the Baptist.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My daughter told me that she has a loose tooth this morning, and her words struck dread into my heart. Right now, I just barely have some holiday cheer going on up in here. We’re actually having a nice Advent instead of having the weeks leading up to Christmas be the stress-fest that they… [Continue Reading]

Ten images that tell you everything you need to know about this blog

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was cleaning up my media files in WordPress today. As I scrolled past all the images, I realized that you could let someone who’s never visited my site look through them, and he or she would have a very accurate impression of what I’ve been writing about lately. That got me wondering: If… [Continue Reading]

On proving God

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s a huge movement that’s sweeping Austin right now called Explore God. If you live in central Texas, you know what I’m talking about. You pull out of your driveway and you see a sign in the yard across the street. You get on the highway and there’s a billboard. You drive past a… [Continue Reading]