Mary Poppins Isn’t Real: Thoughts on Doing Summer Slow


I have this thing I do every summer, where I decide that this is going to be the BEST SUMMER EVER! I have big plans for big fun with my family of four. We will hit the splashpad and the pool, the zoo, the children’s museum. Ice cream! Grill outs! Parties! VACATION!!!! We need to […]

When Theology Is Like Poetry


As a young girl I’d imagine what life would be like in a mosque. I wanted to touch a prayer rug, smooth my hands over the knee worn familiar weft and, in holy adoration, bring my petitions before a God who would refuse me—if I didn’t get it right. I wanted to know what it […]

Talking To My Inner Toddler


The day started off well enough. I woke before my 19-month-old son did, the one sleeping in the crook of my arm, and that miracle afforded me a minute to adjust my eyes to the morning light seeping through the curtains and for my groggy brain to conjure up one complete thought. I sighed, audibly. […]

The Gift of Silliness


There’s a little game my Mom played with us when we were kids. She’d sit us on her knees, and tell us to “hold on to the reins” as she took our hands and started to sing: This is the way the ladies ride, trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot. She’d bounce us carefully on her knees as […]

The Fabric Holds


This life we live is a woven thing. Weaving in and out of each of our stories are some glorious threads that glisten and shine; and then there are those others, the darker ones that cannot reflect light at all. Sometimes, the tension between the two can feel chaotic, without design or beauty. We can […]