On the Kind of Friend I Want My Daughter to Have


Last week some friends of mine were talking about their first and second grade daughters, specifically the nitty-gritty of the girls’ friendships. They said their girls will tell them that one day they’re best friends with so-and-so, but the next day they the friendship is over. Their girls said the conversations go like this: You sat by her during storytime. We’re not friends anymore. You smiled at her in the hallway. We’re not friends anymore. You’re playing flute instead of clarinet? Continue Reading

On Sam’s First Movie – Paddington!

Sam & Paddington

--I was invited to a screening on Paddington, but due to a scheduling conflict I couldn't attend. So Husby took Sam, and wrote this post as an account of their first trip to the movies =) -- Last weekend the Boy and I had one of our best mornings ever. My wife was initially going to go to the screening of Paddington but had to lead a retreat, so, "oh, darn," I got to go. This was Sam's first real movie and if you get to know our boy, you'll know its a good sign when he goes into "blank Continue Reading

On One Word 2015

#oneword365: embrace | girlwithblog.com

I wasn't sure I'd have a word for this new year. My words had found me by January 1st in 2013 and again in 2014, but this year I was coming up dry. Several swirled around my head but not one settled into my heart. Until last Friday. On Fridays, we like to have 'Friday Night Fun', whether a movie night at home, a meal out, or running errands. Because it's all in how you sell it ;) Last Friday we piled into the car and headed out for errand night, starting with a stop at the gas station (gas Continue Reading

On Fighting Faceless Bullies

On Fighting Faceless Bullies | girlwithblog.com

This business of sharing your heart online is tricky. In my seven (!!!) years of writing here, there have been a few roadblocks. Things other than time, technology, and topics. Those things are everchanging and rotating, but not new. No, these are roadblocks that haven't changed. They are the same things that trip me up time and time again, rendering me silent and wordless. What's more, I tend to stand back and let them steamroll me mute. They turn into word bullies, stealing my outlet and Continue Reading

On What We’ve Welcomed in 2014


We've welcomed family & friends into our home new friends into our lives potty training into our days I've welcomed a precious baby girl! sweet, smooshy, baby snuggles a bigger jean size and sleepless nights We've welcomed new jobs at new companies (details soon) new church leadership roles new colors on the walls of our home I've welcomed my first written book my first eye exam and pair of glasses my first preschool Continue Reading

On the Top Ten of 2014

Top 10 of 2014 at girlwithblog.com

I kind of love taking a peek back at the years end. The girl who began 2014 is different than the girl who is finishing it stronger, more secure, softer. This place, this sweet virtual picket fence, has been a tool for my iron to be sharpened, for my words to be used for good alone, for my heart to grow and big dreams to bloom. 2014 was a big year in so many ways. I was invited to join (in)courage as a contributor. I traveled to North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, North Dakota and Continue Reading