Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

In epic tales, the spiritual mentor dies just when the quest is at its most precarious. As a member of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, I felt this way when we lost our beloved priest, Thomas McKenzie, to a car wreck this week.    In Lord of the Rings, the fellowship is already weary and [...]

What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

When I spotted Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri in nearly every "best of" YA list for 2020, I was first struck by the title. It's a phrase I remembered from Tolkien, made especially poignant to me after the death of my son's best friend. We've clung to these words through the darkest forests of [...]

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

I had mostly succeeded at scrubbing my vocabulary of curse words when my oldest child became sentient, but lately they've crept back into my head. And also my speech. Apparently dropping an F-bomb here or there releases endorphins, which is probably why these words keep rising to my lips unbidden. There is a serious lack [...]

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

This post is based on a talk we gave to the Moms & More preschool moms group at Christ Presbyterian Church. Week 1 of the quarantine: we're rearranging our homes to start the new and exciting, if unexpected, process of homeschooling our kids. We're sitting by the fire and reading books. We created a sourdough [...]

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Hey there, mama. You've been staying home with your kids for a long, hard couple months. You're exhausted and are looking forward to nothing more than a girls' night out in the post-quarantine world. Chips and salsa, sangria, and clothes that aren't yoga pants—if they still fit—are in our future soon. Mental note: I need [...]

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

We're heading into Mother's Day season (although, it's going to be very different this year) and that has us thinking about how much we've sentimentalized motherhood. And it's not all that helpful. Caroline took a deep dive into the topic, which left me in tears after reading it. You can see her post, The Un-Sentimentality [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Do I plan a meaningful tenebrae service from scratch for my family…or just watch Trolls 2 instead?

Daily quarantine thought: Do I plan a meaningful tenebrae service from scratch for my family…or just watch Trolls 2 instead?

It's such a weird Easter season this year. I'm trying to find a way to celebrate these holy days with reverence and importance right now, but honestly . . . my family just wants to watch Trolls 2 on TV together tonight. So the question becomes: do I fight it? Or do I give in? Because, I'm [...]