my favorite pre-pandemic memory is toilet paper

By | Austin, change, courage, faith, family, fear, God, social media, Suffering | 4 Comments

Oh, 2020, you crazy little year, we really didn’t expect this much drama from you. Remember when we were so nervous about how we would weather another election year? Remember when we were having so much fun arguing online about whether or not people should get a flu shot? Remember when Facebook was full of our obnoxious relatives’ political posts instead of photos of empty grocery store shelves? I was driving home from the grocery…

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mad respect for summer people

By | Austin, dreams, family, Joy, lessons in life, women | No Comments

Greetings, fellow Summer Warriors! How is the fight for greatness going in 2019 for you? Are you killing it this year, achieving your epic summer goals? Or are you on the Summer Struggle Bus like I am?  I actually have a photo of my Summer Struggle Bus. I chose this one because if you’re going to fail at doing summer right, you might as well be in a wicked cool vintage vehicle: The thing is,…

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dear jesus, please don’t make me internet famous

By | a year on the front row, Austin, book proposal, books, dreams, failure, ministry, problems, social media, transparency, vulnerability, women | 8 Comments

We laid there in bed, hand in hand, staring up into darkness, at the ceiling we could not see. The silence of the house perched itself on our headboard. We felt nothing but relief that another day over and done. I imagined all of our responsibilities and duties bobbing above us, like balloons with strings anchored straight down into our souls. I laid there thinking about my dream of being a published author. All day,…

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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

By | article, Austin, lessons in life, marriage | No Comments

“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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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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