Nothing Worse than Being Ordinary?

By Shelbi Anderson Gesch Do you think I’m ordinary?   When she asks this question, Angela, the superficial, too-beautiful-to-be-real girl in the movie American Beauty embodies the darkest, deepest pain inside me. I hated her—until that scene at the end of the movie, where she nearly gets what she wants, and then comes to the […]

Ripples from the Wrinkled

By Amy Chumbley “Mooooom, do we have to go?” Once a week the kids and I went to an assisted living home near our house and visited the elderly people who lived there. Oftentimes we played Bingo and then sat and talked. I wanted my kids to be comfortable around people of all ages, see […]

When Seasons Don’t Fit Into Neat Boxes

I recently visited an abbey about two hours north of us, near the Wyoming border, for a personal retreat. My plan was to spend a couple days in reflection and silence. I brought way too many books, my journal, my computer (just in case), and my hiking shoes. I wanted to rest, read, and reflect. […]

Jesus, Dig Me Out of These Weeds

By Anika Ortiz | Instagram: @anikacortiz Since we live near rivers, my husband, Matt, thought having a canoe sounded lovely. I agreed. Just not this one! The holes in the hull confirmed my suspicion that this boat would sink the moment it met water. The peeled blue paint and the nails poking where the railings used […]

Motherhood Un-Wisdom

My stomach precedes me as I navigate between cramped tables and chairs. I wave to aunts I haven’t seen since the last family wedding and cousins who look impossibly grown up. It couldn’t have been that long ago we were skating in woolen slippers around Oma’s kitchen floor, devouring pans of her impossibly good Rice […]