Christmas is an Invitation

Christmas, at its heart, is an invitation. It marks the moment when God set a plan in motion to give us a way back to him. Extending an invitation is transformative, redemptive work. It changes everything. One of the best invitations I ever received, happened on Christmas Eve in a small church in a tiny […]

Beyond The Myth of Scarcity

By Trudy Smith Growing up in upper-middle class American suburbia, Thanksgiving was usually the day that we ate so much our stomachs hurt—seconds and thirds and dessert, as much as we wanted, because it was a feast day. And although Thanksgiving was a special meal because it brought my extended family together for a big […]

Sometimes Love Tastes Like Red Beans and Rice

One of my favorite weekly traditions since we moved to L.A. is Couple’s Dinner. When we meet a couple we like, we invite them over for dinner one weeknight to get to know the fam, have a good meal, and share our stories. I plan the menu and T.C. makes sure to be home with […]

Aren’t We All Just Spinning?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” —Melody Beattie If you were to come and sit on my […]

Note To Self: Always Flirt With Chinese Grandma At Bus Stop

There’s a small chip on my front tooth. I’ve had it fixed, but it’s so tiny, the repair doesn’t last. So, I smile with my chipped tooth and my eyes scrunched up and I see laugh lines with this haircut that showcases my whole wrinkly forehead. And I don’t care. I like that my face […]