Monday night I returned from London, and our long weekend there was all things good: great time at a church I think the world of, rich memory-making with my dear friend Emily, and all …Read More →
Posts in the Category: General
In the spirit of Father’s Day, this is what I want to say about dads: they’re not dumb. And I get a little protective and mad when we joke about that. When we perpetuate …Read More →
When I speak at a college, no matter the topic they give me, I start the same way: Thank you for having me. You are significant with or without a significant other.
I say it every …Read More →
Lately I’ve been speaking quite often on the topics of calling and passion, specifically as those topics relate to marriage and parenting and family—what it looks like to build space into a marriage and a …Read More →
If I have learned anything at all this year, it’s that marriages never get better on accident, and they never get better on leftovers.
I chatted with a new friend in Nashville last week. She …Read More →
It was such a treat to read all your sweet moments–your stories inspired me to keep being present and loving in my own life–thank you!
Here are the 5 winners and their comments:
And her comment:
“My …Read More →
First up: Goldbug Studio‘s More Love/Less …Read More →
So I asked Twitter & Facebook friends for a blog topic that was non-boring, and the very first response was VULNERABILITY.
Done. Everyone, it seems, is talking about vulnerability right now, which is fantastic. I credit …Read More →
So Bread & Wine came out a year ago this week. In some ways it feels like a million years ago, and also sort of yesterday-ish.
I’m not great at …Read More →
You know I believe friendship is God’s greatest evidence of himself here on earth. You know I believe everyone needs a home team: a go-to, show-up, middle of the night, come-in-without-knocking tribe …Read More →
When I was three, we lived so close we could walk to the church my parents started. When the first building was being built, we’d walk over every evening to watch the construction. We had …Read More →
Three years ago I got an email from a woman named Lynn. She wanted to adapt Cold Tangerines into a play. I felt all the things you would feel, I think, if someone …Read More →
SO happy to share some beautiful Lindsay Letters treats with 3 lucky readers!
The Dinner’s At Six striped canvas winner: MARY QUILLIN
“I love my husband. I have been pierced by that truth again. During …Read More →
Happy-freezing-cold-but-sunny Tuesday! Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!Read More →
For the last couple months, Aaron’s been dreaming and praying and having eighty-seven coffees a week. We’ve been gathering …Read More →
I used to be spontaneous and silly, warm and whimsical. I used to dance in the kitchen and eat cake for breakfast with my kids. And then for a while things got …Read More →
I know, I know. It’s January 16th. We’re well into a brand spanking new 2014, but I’m still catching up. Nothing about the end of December and the beginning of January went according to plan–although …Read More →
Merry Merry Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
This year was a feast: full to bursting with moments and experiences and conversations that I’ll keep in my heart …Read More →
This year I left my heart in Long Beach and Austin and New York City. I left little bits of it in Dallas and Kansas City. Pieces in Seattle and …Read More →
This is a repost, because it’s that time again. The phrase I’m keeping with me through this season: PRESENT OVER PERFECT.
Here we are, Christmastime. T-15 days until the big day, and if …Read More →
First, when you have a few minutes, please read through the comments–they’re amazing! So many stories of how people have experienced God’s presence and the places that have become holy ground along the way. Wow. …Read More →
Time for another giveaway, and I’m especially excited about this one: today we’re giving away 5 copies of the entire New Liturgy collection, and giving you 25% off anything in the Read More →
The winner of a set of Our Common Mugs is Ruth!
…and this is her comment:
“I would definitely, without a doubt, give mine to my BFF, Bernadine. She and I have been best friends since the age …Read More →
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your comments about my last post, and for sharing it. It’s a topic I’m so passionate about, obviously, and it’s such an honor to talk about both my mom and my church–I’m so proud of both.
It’s been ages since we’ve done a giveaway here, and this is one I’ve been excited about for a long time–I’m so happy the big day is here!
I love products that have a story behind them, things that are created to be more than things–ways to mark something or connect people or capture an experience. Our Common Mug was created by my dear friend Blaine and his best friend Jarrod to honor their valuable long-distance friendship and to create a ritual to sustain it. I could not love this more, of course.
When you order your mugs, one comes to you, and one is shipped to your long-distance person–best friend, boyfriend, grandmother–whoever it is that you want to share a cup of coffee with, first thing in the morning, across the distance. Like those half-a-heart best friend necklaces we had in 7th grade, except lovely and made of ceramic and created to mark a ritual: morning coffee with someone you love.
I will, of course, send my first mug to my best friend Annette. Lucky ducks that we are, she was in town last weekend, and we’re going out to see her family this weekend. But like any long-distance friends know, sometimes seeing them almost makes it harder–reminds you what you miss, reminds you what you wish you could experience with them every day. Annette and I are both serious, non-negotiable, first-thing-in-the-morning coffee drinkers, and I love the idea that when we both reach for our first cups in the morning, we’ll think of one another, and we’ll be thankful for the gift that our friendship is.
Here’s a little more about the idea from Blaine and Jarrod:
In graduate school, we were together every day doing all the stuff best friends do. Coffee, class, gym, dinner, study, laugh, Wii tennis, repeat. Until one day, life pulled us apart.
One of us drove across the country. The other flew west. Families started, jobs began, and the distance grew.
Two-thousand miles and two time zones made everything from finding a time to talk to finding an affordable flight nearly impossible. As we struggled to stay in touch, we longed for the everyday rituals we once had – like morning coffee.
Even though our daily routines were different – both now with babies and briefcases – we started each day with a cup of coffee.
That’s when it hit us…
What if instead of just coffee, it was the mug we had in common?
AND, what if that mug represented everything about the distance we disdained and the friendship we desired to deepen?
Like the length of a string that used to connect best friends between tin cans and tree houses, Our Common Mug has become the new piece of string that connects us between time zones.
Perfect Christmas present times one thousand, right? Don’t you have a list in your mind of all the people that would love this sweet gift? I want to send one to my brother who lives on a boat, my friend Emily in Kalamazoo, my friend Kirsten in Alameda. And you can order one for yourself, and then more than one to send out…to a group of college girlfriends, to your siblings who live all over the country? I love the idea of being connected through a beautiful object, one that tells a story of love and friendship across a distance.
The mugs go on sale TODAY, and I’m giving away one set–I don’t even have my own set yet! You’re so lucky!
Just leave a comment with who you’d send your mug to and why, and I’ll choose one winner at random on Thursday at noon CST. Ready, set, go!Read More →
On Friday I was a part of a Q event on Women & Calling in New York City.
There are so many moments I’m still thinking about from that day–rich & lovely things I learned …Read More →