Girly Photo Scavenger Hunt (Spring)

The days are getting warmer, and the budding trees hint that winter has finally faded. What a perfect chance to bond with some girlfriends over a springtime adventure! All you need is a camera and a happy heart. Whether you choose to check off the items on this list or create your own, I hope... Continue Reading →

Collateral Life

Ah, Easter: that glorious day marked by egg hunting, honey ham, and zombies. Wait—what? Yep. Zombies. It's actually one of my very favorite parts of the Easter story, and for the life of me, I have ZERO idea why it so often gets overlooked in church. But it's right there in the middle of Scripture:... Continue Reading →

Practicing Love

"Practice makes perfect!" What kid hasn't heard this sentiment? Loathe as we may have been to sit down and go through the notes or moves or whatever yet again, those grownups had a point. What we consistently rehearse becomes second nature to us in time. Our culture rehearses love. Well, not love. But something disguised... Continue Reading →

Girly Photo Scavenger Hunt (Winter)

"See the beauty and the magic that surround you, no matter where you are." (Christen Olivarez) Welcome to the long duration of cold between Christmas trees and Easter eggs. It's a stark season, winter, but there's beauty here if you know where (and how) to look. Seeing seems easier with a camera in front of... Continue Reading →

Where Death and Christmas Meet

"Death is the hardest thing about living so far away from our families," Riley murmured as I fought back collapsing into tears again. "No," I replied through gritted teeth, "death is the hardest thing about living, period." Because it doesn't matter if we are in the same room with a loved one or on the... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

Don't you just adore Christmastime? The music, the smells, the treats, the traditions—it all swirls into one superbly jubilant festival of light in the middle of the dark. I've had a year now to treasure hunt the most delicious gifts for your holiday season. Wishing you a glorious riot of Christ this month as you... Continue Reading →

Daddy Issues

In a time and place where people are divided by a million things—Democrat or Republican, black or white, fries or tots—it's good to remember what we share in common. As humans, we cherish secret hopes. We revolve around a unique set of values. We long deeply for love. And most of us have daddy issues.... Continue Reading →

Girly Photo Scavenger Hunt (Summer)

It's time for another seasonal field trip! On your next free day or weekend, grab some sunscreen and a girlfriend or two and hit the road. Extra points for old school film, but phones work just fine. I know there's a temptation to post every shot you take; consider keeping this just for you. Having... Continue Reading →

Mamas All Are We

Mother's Day is almost upon us, and you wouldn't believe the amount of baggage it brings. What about the women struggling with infertility? Or the ones who lost a mama this year? Or whose child passed away? Or whose estranged mother brings up painful memories of abuse or neglect? Or a myriad of other wounded... Continue Reading →

When Spring Has Sprung

Since moving to New England, two months have been competing for my absolute favorite time of year, one of which is May. (If you're curious, the other is October.) And since it's a tropical 63 degrees right now smack-dab in the middle of February, it's easy to daydream that spring is really here. I'm a... Continue Reading →

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