An unexpected lesson when I went out for a jog


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Well, this summer is off to a crazy start. I spent four days in the Carolinas for an Edel Gathering site visit. Then, the very next week, I went to Phoenix for four days to give two talks and record videos at the Lifeteen training conference. Bottom photo by @SrMariaKim In case you missed that,… [Continue Reading]

A hilarious chat with Abby Johnson’s husband about being fearless, living in small houses, and all-alcohol fad diets


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve mentioned before that I’ve been sending “after the show” audio clips to my email list, where I record bonus footage from my SiriusXM radio show with my iPhone after I go off the air. I’ve been wanting to offer a preview, and today’s clip is perfect! My guest today was Doug Johnson, the husband… [Continue Reading]

If my babysitting ad were honest…

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Happy almost-summer! This is our last week of homeschool before the end of the academic year, although I’m not sure how much of a difference my children will notice. Our definition of what constitutes “school” always devolves rapidly around the beginning of May, and today I found myself watching them count the pieces of candy… [Continue Reading]

When God gave my daughter a cathedral full of light


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My mom and I took my daughters to San Antonio this past weekend. My recent New York trip happened to fall during one of my daughters’ birthdays, so to make it up to her I arranged for a special out-of-town trip to the San Antonio zoo with her three sisters. Since we hadn’t been able… [Continue Reading]

The power of a meal, shared with friends


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail At the beginning of this year, my friend Rachael had the simple but brilliant idea to start having regular dinner parties. She called it the Dinner Club for Underachievers, and she set the rules to be simple enough that even families in crazy seasons of life could participate. The rules are: Couples take turn hosting… [Continue Reading]

The Shoe Song: A gift to every parent who’s having a tough day

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail YOU GUYS!!!!! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to share something with you: Last week, musician Marie Miller was a guest on my radio show on SiriusXM. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was thrilled that she came down to Austin just to do the show with me. I wanted… [Continue Reading]

Four amazing talks from the Edel Gathering


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I survived the flights out here to North Carolina, and am now at my aunt and uncle’s mountain cabin! I have to say, for all my prophesying of doom, the flights ended up being…EXACTLY AS DIFFICULT AS I THOUGHT THEY’D BE. But we’ll talk about that more on Friday. Meanwhile, one of the things… [Continue Reading]

What I learned from painting a wall


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m back! My summer break was great. I did a lot of good stuff during my offline time, but the most interesting — and unexpected — endeavor was that I painted a room. It all started with reading The Nester‘s book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, which… [Continue Reading]

The saint of the NICU


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

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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]