Nostalgic Christmas

Christmas is a nostalgia factory. Each year, when December comes around, we relinquish any semblance of novelty and settle instead into the tried and the true. We eat traditional foods, tune into ...

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Name Your Cake

In their weekly podcast on human nature and happiness, hosts (and sisters) Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft frequently present “Know Yourself Better” questions. Always one for some solid introspection, I look forward ...

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Apathy, Messy Connections, and Harmful Overcorrections

In March, a woman in one of my small groups lost her mom in a sad accident. The death was unanticipated, and our group was still getting to know each other when ...

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Flipping the Script (Sermon on the Mount, Part One)

Kali and Sully are terrified of our Roomba vacuum. For the sake of their sanity and our peace, we only run it when they are sleeping or out of the house, but ...

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The Truth Chronicles: Better Together

Acquaintances and newer friends are often surprised to learn that I identify as an introvert. When I meet new people, I tend to come across as outgoing and social: I love getting ...

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Triumphs and Trials of Traditions

To be human is to be an observer of tradition. Whether personal, cultural, religious, or otherwise, we all participate in traditions—sometimes willingly, occasionally begrudgingly, often intentionally but also (perhaps more often) passively. ...

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God With Us

Growing up, one of my favorite holiday traditions was gathering as a family in the days leading up to Christmas to read through our Adornaments book. Each night, after listening to my ...

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Black Lives Matter

I had another post scheduled for today, but in light of our present circumstances, it didn’t feel right for me to continue on with business as usual.  I’m not usually one to ...

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Charleston Michael // FIVE Years Old!

Dear Charleston, Tomorrow is such a special day because you will be turning FIVE years old! It seems like just yesterday that your tiny body was placed on my chest for the ...

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Nine Things I Learned in July {2019}

I recently heard the Socrates quote, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and I instantly knew that I had a new life mantra (to add to my vast library of life ...

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