Does God Want Mediocrity for Me?

Unpacking boxes after our recent move, I spotted a long-forgotten envelope. On it, I had written my parents’ home address in pencil. Unfolding the paper from the envelope, I remembered sprawling out on the carpeted floor of our church youth room with twenty other teenagers, scribbling out our goals on church letterhead paper. Our youth […]

Where Do I Find Pause?

Beep beep beep beeeppppppppp. Beep beep beep beeeppppppppp. I crack heavy eyelids open enough to hit snooze. What the heck—I decide to hit off. In fact. I fall back asleep. One. Full. Hour. Later. My eyes fly open. Heart racing in panic! It’s 7am–situation salvageable but not great. Can’t believe I just did that–AGAIN! Hubby […]

Pumpkin Patch and Pregnancy Loss

By Liz Mannegren | Twitter:@LizMannegren [ Trigger warning:⚠️ Miscarriage and still birth.] As we wade through mud, the soggy earth squelches over the toes of my pink boots and sucks at the rubber soles. Corn ripens in the nearby maze, and the smell of hay and manure mingle with the fresh October air. I breathe in […]

The Cost of Getting Proximate

Bryan Stevenson changed my life. Last year, his book, Just Mercy, crushed the last of my illusions about justice in the United States. A few months after reading it—sleep deprived with a 12-day-old newborn—I drove to hear Stevenson speak in the auditorium of a nearby university. I nursed my infant with one arm and scribbled […]

Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World + GIVEAWAY

This past April I celebrated 48 years of adopted living. In July we celebrated with our children 12 years of adopted family life. Adoption bookends my experience of family, both as daughter and as mother. Several years ago I noticed how more people were writing about adoption, but I didn’t recognize my experience in their words. […]