Present Over Perfect

By Posted in - General on December 10th, 2013 19 Comments

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 …

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New Liturgy Giveaway Winners

By Posted in - General on December 9th, 2013 2 Comments

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.

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Giveaway: Our Common Mug

By Posted in - General on November 19th, 2013 577 Comments


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 …

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Salade Lyonnaise

By Posted in - General on October 1st, 2013 11 Comments

It’s been just about one million years since I’ve posted a recipe, hasn’t it? I’m back, and we’re going big on this one: Salade Lyonnaise. Yuuuuuuum.

This is an all-time favorite, a French classic. I’m …

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By Posted in - General on September 24th, 2013 21 Comments

Oh, dear heavens. In two days, our baby will be two years old.

A couple weeks from now, when Henry turns 7, I’ll tell you all about who he is these days, about his creativity …

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By Posted in - General on August 20th, 2013 34 Comments

August, every year, is a whirlwind. We come back from the lake, pink-nosed and plump from Sherman’s ice cream and donuts from Golden Brown Bakery. It takes us a few days to settle back …

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Deep Breath

By Posted in - General on August 12th, 2013 15 Comments

Okay, it’s ON. Back-to-school time is ON. There are forms and letters and lists and apparently a Singapore math workbook that I thought was optional and I learned yesterday is not.

You can feel it …

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Saying YES

By Posted in - General on July 16th, 2013 25 Comments

So I had this completely amazing experience last week. A friend of a friend invited me to a retreat in British Columbia. Part of the magic of the experience is jumping into the unknown—literally–so …

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Love from the Lake

By Posted in - General on July 5th, 2013 42 Comments

We’re in full swing here, happily settled in at our favorite blue house.  Flip flops, ponytail, no makeup. Messy house, towels on the porch railing. The floors in the house are sandy and our …

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Soaking Up Summertime

By Posted in - General on June 26th, 2013 14 Comments

Oh, I know it’s been summer for a while, but in my book, it isn’t really, really the heart of summer until we arrive at our favorite blue house in South Haven.

We arrived last …

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And the Winner is…

By Posted in - General on June 7th, 2013 2 Comments

Congratulations to Angie! You won a fancy French Magimix!

Here’s Angie’s comment: “Summer to me is salsa and hummus time! It’s so much better when you can make those yourself since you usually eat the whole …

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Change the Story

By Posted in - General on May 22nd, 2013 39 Comments

Someone described me recently as “a confident, outgoing mom and a successful writer.” I looked around for who they could possibly be talking about. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly far-off that …

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