On Perfection, Body Image, and Daughters


Kari Kampakis published a guest post on her blog yesterday by Emily Wierenga titled Please Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body – you may have seen it. The gist was that we shouldn’t pretend our daughter’s bodies don’t exist, because they do, and if we don’t speak to them about their bodies, then they’ll listen […]

Seven Snippets: Surviving Spring Break Edition


— 1 — Spring Break, Woo Hoo! (Please tell me someone gets that reference!) I had big plans for spring break this year – spring cleaning was first on my list. I was going to scrub baseboards, wash windows, clean appliances…the house was going to look great when I got done! But then reality hit. […]

Sarah Kate’s Surgery Cocktail: One Year Later


One year ago today, we said goodbye to Sarah Kate as she was wheeled back for her multi-hour orthopedic procedure. It was the culmination of months of struggles, a trip to Minneapolis for a gait study, and a lot of prayers. The doctors considered two different options and ultimately recommended the more invasive of the two because they […]

Hallelujah! He Is Risen! (And Holy Week 2015 ROCKED!)


We did it! We made it through Holy Week 2015 without any contagious diseases, hospital visits, dying pets, or surgeries. Thanks be to God! We went to the Easter Vigil this year on Saturday evening, which was so great in a lot of ways (see more on that further down), but the one thing I […]

Sun-Beams: March 2015 Edition (a little late…)

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In the recap of the reader survey in January, I let you know that I planned to discontinue Sun-Beams as a weekly feature. Going forward, Sun-Beams will be a (mostly) monthly feature, but it will remain a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, […]

Why We Don’t Have Any Specific Holy Week Traditions


Most people with some knowledge of Christianity know that the week between Palm Sunday and Easter is Holy Week. It’s when we commemorate the Passion of Christ, and is intended to be somewhat somber and sorrowful (but looking forward in anticipation to the resurrection!) It’s also the last week of Lent, a season of penance. […]

Seven Snippets: Back From My Forced Hiatus!


— 1 — Hey hey! I’m writing these Snippets on Thursday evening, crossing my fingers and saying a few prayers that FRIDAY will be the day that – at long last! – no one in this house is sick. It’s been a long, long, long, long week of fevers, headaches, hurling, and other unmentionables. — […]