The mental neat freak

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few weeks ago I went to the salon to get my hair cut. One of the little lifehack-y things I do is to think carefully about what luxuries I’d most enjoy, so that when Joe or my parents ask what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I can give them a list… [Continue Reading]

A few other things I learned from my month o’ doom

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m now entering week 10,000 of this pregnancy, with only 40,000 more days to go until the April due date! (I don’t have a calendar handy, so that’s just a guesstimate.) Also, I just found out that I’m seriously anemic, which will help me fill out my “Blood-Related Issues that Make You Feel Like… [Continue Reading]

They broke the mold

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Two weeks ago, our good friend Joedaniel (JD) Horne was found dead in a hotel room. It wasn’t a suicide and no foul play is suspected; he had been in poor health for a while, and a combination of factors finally overwhelmed him. Joe forwarded me an email that had the subject “JD Horne… [Continue Reading]

What a spiritual director and an MBA taught me about being overwhelmed

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I have a personality type that leads me to feel overwhelmed a lot. I’m ambitious but lazy; I have a latent perfectionist streak that comes out at unexpected times; I’m an Olympian procrastinator; and I’m so non-confrontational that I often find myself saying “Yes, I’d love to help with that” when what I should… [Continue Reading]

Reason can convince you of stuff that’s stupid and wrong

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Oh man, was I in a terrible mood a couple days ago. It was bad. I’d had two nights in a row of getting very little sleep because the baby had been fussy, then had one of those days where even my smallest ambitions were thwarted: I wanted to freeze some leftovers, and out… [Continue Reading]

Praying like you’re illiterate

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Yesterday I hit a level of exhaustion like I have only rarely known before. This whole “third trimester” thing just is not working out for me this time around, and after a morning of huffing and puffing around the house to keep up with the kids (including the most spirited two-year-old God has ever… [Continue Reading]

When I am weak, then I am…weak

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Okay, knowledgeable Christians, I need your help. You know that famous verse in Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth, where he says, “When I am weak, then I am strong”? The one that everyone always quotes like they totally understand it and this is a guiding principle of their lives? I don’t… [Continue Reading]

When church isn’t fun

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I can’t think of a time in recent memory that I have had less fun than I did on Easter Sunday. It was the day I found out that feeding four young children a breakfast of donuts and Easter basket candy results in the same behavior you’d expect to see if you gave crack… [Continue Reading]

In memory of a lost cat

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Our cat is gone. We have no idea what happened to her: animal control and the local pounds don’t have her, and the neighbors haven’t seen her recently either. She simply disappeared. We didn’t exactly sign up to be cat owners. She belonged to the ex-wife of the house’s previous owner, and we were… [Continue Reading]

When God locks doors

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On Saturday, my long-awaited break finally arrived. Regular readers know that for a couple weeks now I’ve been desperate for some time to get away from it all to recharge my batteries both spiritually and physically, and that my efforts in that department kept falling through. Just when I felt like I was getting… [Continue Reading]