this is why hurricane frenzy and a gas shortage mean there is hope for us all

By | article, Austin, God, lessons in life, love | 5 Comments

In the last few weeks, Texas has been an interesting/encouraging/challenging place to live. The drama started with Hurricane Harvey. We all ran to our grocery stores and bought water and bread just in case. My own city of Cedar Park, well above sea level and far from the gulf coast, issued a “you may have to evacuate” email, which was ridiculous. I wonder if they thought Dallas and the whole state of Oklahoma needed to…

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on being a revolutionary ordinary woman

By | a year on the front row, Austin, momhood, women | One Comment

We were hurrying out the door to meet my friend, Gina, so she could do me a HUUUGE favor and take some photos for me, and one of my boys lobbed this doozy at me: “When are we going to take down the Christmas lights on the house? I mean… it’s February.” What??? The lights are still up? I had forgotten. I hadn’t noticed. I had subconsciously deleted the task from my to-do list. I…

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the soul of your marriage

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“Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.” – Jonathan Edwards Morgan and I sat in the low light of a lovely restaurant, with quiet words passing between us. A jazz band played somewhere around the corner, and at the other tables sat beautiful people, smiling, feasting, and celebrating who-knows-what.The conversation turned from the the events of the day to the…

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almost famous and humiliations galore

By | article, Austin, family, lessons in life, shame, social media, transparency, vulnerability | No Comments

There I was, frantically waving my arms, in my yoga clothes/pajamas, wearing my crazy bed head hair while chasing the trash truck down my street, dragging our giant green garbage can behind me. It was a glorious sight for the neighborhood, I’m sure. “That was a little EMBARRASSING, Mom,” my daughter later informed me. It’s always helpful to your self-esteem to have your seven year old school you on embarrassment, don’t you agree? It’s really…

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a Fun Mom list for Austin

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Last week I wrote about being Fun Mom. The truth is it’s pretty easy to be Fun Mom here in Austin, because our city has so many fun things to do. This is a list of some of our favorite spots in the ol’ ATX. It isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you’re looking for some things to do this summer with your kids, I can personally vouch for every one of these. Some are…

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faith in mankind

By | article, Austin, faith, lessons in life | 2 Comments

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:9-11 The other day, someone asked us how Austin is responding to Lance Armstrong’s drug admission. I didn’t really know at the time, it was all very new and people seem to be shouting at the same time, making the…

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what i found at the Trail of Lights

By | article, Austin, Christmas, hope | No Comments

Beginning in the 1950s, Austin celebrated every Christmas with a quirky display of lights called the Trail of Lights. Mr. fantastic and I went the year we got engaged and we took our children when they were young.  Two years ago, the city cut the budget and the Trail of Lights was no more. We were sad that our children would not grow up with this Christmas tradition that was one of our favorite memories…

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