Giveaway Winner!

By Posted in - General on March 30th, 2013 1 Comments

Congratulations to Holly Bazan! (Hi, Holly!)

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The Saturday before Easter, Grandma June drove all of us kiddos to county roads and handed us large lawn and leaf bags before we hopped out of the …

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Giveaway: A Homemade Year

By Posted in - General on March 27th, 2013 144 Comments

Okay, it’s been ages & ages since we’ve had a giveaway here, and this is one I’m so excited about—consider it a treat for your Easter basket that will arrive just ever-so-slightly after Easter. But …

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Wish We Were Neighbors…

By Posted in - General on March 21st, 2013 51 Comments

It seems like just about every day, I send a text that starts with those four words.

To Annette: “Wish we were neighbors so you could tell me if I should keep these shoes.”

Earlier this week …

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Hymns of The People

By Posted in - General on March 15th, 2013 0 Comments

Our friends Nathan and Nathan and Becky (that’s right—two Nathans!) just released an album, and basically I think you should download itright this second. It’s fantastic.

Becky is a singer and songwriter and worship leader …

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This is How We Do It

By Posted in - General on March 15th, 2013 7 Comments

There’s this pervasive and dangerous myth that those of us who write and blog and maybe speak and travel and post photos of our kids doing cute things are somehow doing all those things at …

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Pumpkin-Banana-Anything Muffins

By Posted in - General on February 21st, 2013 6 Comments photo_2

Oh, it’s been ages since I’ve posted a recipe, hasn’t it? I’m back in action these days. My quest for the perfect healthy-but-still-yummy breakfast treat has been long and arduous, taking me from breakfast cookies …

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Why We Write

By Posted in - General on February 21st, 2013 7 Comments

A writer friend came over yesterday. She’s written a novel. She brought over a fat, beautiful binder full of pages, full of story, and I can’t wait to read it.

We talked about publication and agents …

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Anti-Frantic

By Posted in - General on January 25th, 2013 25 Comments

I think I’ve been in a hurry for almost seven years. In January of 2006, I found out I was pregnant with Henry. Later that week, I was offered a contract to write Cold Tangerines. …

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The Push & the Permission

By Posted in - General on January 14th, 2013 15 Comments

First, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and grace and encouragement. It happens every time: when I take a deep breath and tell the truth about myself–the scary-wild-unruly truth–what I find along …

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On Prayer, Rest, Self-Care

By Posted in - General on January 9th, 2013 34 Comments

I’ve had the growing sense throughout the last year that what has been working for many years is no longer working. Writing and traveling and speaking at the pace I’ve been doing it is no …

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2013

By Posted in - General on January 7th, 2013 5 Comments

Happy New Year! As always, we’re starting our new year routines about a week late, because we were away with my family, leaving on Christmas morning and just returning Friday night.

We’ve been visiting the same …

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Bookplate Update

By Posted in - General on December 20th, 2012 3 Comments

You all are awesome! We’ve been totally and very pleasantly surprised by all the bookplate requests. I go to the PO Box every single day, and then I send out a big stack later that …

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Words from Friends

By Posted in - General on December 19th, 2012 3 Comments

One of the things I’m most thankful for this year is friendship, and specifically friendships with other writers. Sometimes you hear that writers can’t be friends with other writers, that we’re competing for readers and …

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Lullabies & Other Loveliness

By Posted in - General on November 13th, 2012 15 Comments

Last night was the first snow here in Chicago, and that means it is, once again, that time—conversations have turned to who’s bringing what to the holiday meal, what the kids want for Christmas from …

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