A Letter to My Younger, Pre-New Orleans Love Story Self


Dear Younger Self, As you’re reading this, you’re probably in between two books: I Kissed Dating Goodbye and something on intercessory prayer. We were quite pious back in the day, Love. Your goals are quite simple: finish college, marry a godly man, make lots of babies, and maybe lead a youth ministry someplace in there. […]

My Child, My Backpack And The Long Days Of Motherhood


When my daughter Lucy was three, I decided to get intentional about her education. I wanted to homeschool long-term, but knew I was not an ideal candidate: I like quiet, order, and long-range projects. I also felt a little cuckoo stuck at home. With 18 hours a day to kill, I counted the days until fifth […]

Rest Mama, There’s Enough Time


By Olive Chan | Pinterest: /olivechan/ If there’s one lesson I am constantly learning and re-learning in my life with God, it’s how to rest. Every time I think I’ve got it, I am confronted with another application, another dimension, another depth or angle to which I need to learn to apply the lesson. When I […]

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 […]

Wading Further Into Grace


By Rachel Ann Smolen | @smolennation There are some pieces of earth, at certain moments under certain circumstances, that feel more sacred than common. I had that feeling earlier this spring as I practically skipped across a parking lot under the canopy of a breezy, cloudy sky. This wasn’t just any parking lot. This was […]