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 …Read More →
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 …Read More →
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 …Read More →
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
The lovely Lindsay Letters did our cards, of course. If it looks like we tumbled out of a boat, shoved a camera into my brother’s hands, and yelled, …Read More →
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 …Read More →
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 …Read More →
We tried as hard as we could to have Bread & Wine out by Christmas. We really, really did. But you know, a hard pregnancy, a newborn, a six year old, a full travel …Read More →
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 …Read More →
Thanks so much for all your sweet messages about the teaching at Willow this weekend. I loved being a part of the services, and here’s the link if you’d like to watch it. We’re …Read More →
My greatest gift is procrastination. The busier things are, the more able I am to occupy myself with a far-reaching panoply of totally unnecessary activities.
Let’s take this week as an example.
As you know, on Monday …Read More →
I just got back from speaking at a retreat in Dallas. I was in Houston before that and Santa Barbara before that. Next week I’m speaking at a friend’s church locally, and then the next …Read More →
Busy is both my drug and my defense. By that I mean that I use busy-ness to make me feel numb and safe, the way you use a drug, and I use busy-ness as a …Read More →
Let’s talk for a minute about how awesome you all are. Seriously.
So this is what happened: I turned in my manuscript about a week ago, and since I no longer had this big huge pile …Read More →
Okay, here’s the fun part!
Bread & Wine is so close to being finished—early next week it will go to the copy-editor, and we’ll start working on marketing and PR & release plans then, too—all …Read More →
When I first started blogging, a friend told me that the internet is the wild west, and because it’s relatively new and ungoverned, there are no rules. Each person has to make up their own …Read More →
It’s a rainy, cool Friday, the end of a wild week. Aaron and my mom have both been traveling, home and then away and then home again, which means all our routines are off, and …Read More →
People often say that writing a book is like giving birth. I disagree.
I think it’s a lot more like building a house with your own hands—you hammer in every nail. You lay every floorboard. …Read More →
It’s finally here! All the details:
What: Our little Cooking Club is having a BIG garage sale & bake sale, and all the money we make—every single penny!—is going to our church’s care center.
When: this …Read More →
In my last post, I told you about our super-fun surprise weekend in NYC. And now, the experts speak—here’s a seriously amazing list of restaurants, hotels, and must-do activities from 5 really fantastic women. Enjoy!
Jessica …Read More →
As promised, the details from our super-fun weekend in NYC—where we stayed, where we ate, what we loved.
Since our trip, so many of you have asked for NYC recommendations. Really, lots and lots of …Read More →
Last night, on my way home from dinner with friends, all of a sudden, I started getting a whole bunch of texts & Twitter messages—Bread & Wine had just become available for pre-order on Amazon …Read More →
Our parenting strategy—or even, possibly, our life strategy recently–has been ‘Divide and Conquer.’
When I was pregnant and sick, I stayed home basically all the time, and Aaron took Henry to school and to the park. …Read More →
Good morning. It’s a rainy Monday, cool-ish. I was up early with the kids, making toast for Henry, feeding Mac yogurt, and now I’m all set up in the empty little office at the church …Read More →
I’ve promised you an update on Bread & Wine. Here’s the deal: I’m really, really excited about it. There’s a lot of work still to be done, but I’m really excited about it.
It’s a similar …Read More →
We are LOVING watching the Olympics—we watch the Today Show in the morning to see all the recaps and stories, and after dinner, while Henry colors and Mac bangs pots and pans on the floor, …Read More →
Hi, pals. Love to you from my go-to coffee shop, where I am happily surrounded by lists, scraps of paper, and essays that need a little love.
Today is the beginning of a new season, a …Read More →
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others,even the …Read More →
I walked through town early this morning, and it’s quiet for the first time since we arrived. You can tell that the big holiday week is over, and that the weekly renters who came for …Read More →
I’m not swimsuit ready this season. I don’t know that I ever have been, but with the baby and the writing and the traveling this season, swimsuit readiness was not high on the priority list.
Here …Read More →
Hi! We’re home from a super-fun, super-packed week in London & Paris–a little work, a lot of play, not a lot of sleeping on anyone’s part. Henry’s favorite part was the Eiffel Tower, Mac’s new …Read More →