My kid lost a toy…and I found a clue


Recently my nine-year-old daughter lost her favorite stuffed animal, a pink dog named Princess. She carries the bed toy everywhere — it is seriously like a seventh child in our family (or, maybe like the 15th or 16th child if you count all the other stuffed animals that we treat like royalty around here). I was… [Continue Reading]

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


I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been sending “after the show” audio clips to my e 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 of… [Continue Reading]

If my babysitting ad were honest…

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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 they… [Continue Reading]

The power of a meal, shared with friends


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 the… [Continue Reading]

Four amazing talks from the Edel Gathering


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 on Friday. Meanwhile, one of the things I’ve… [Continue Reading]