The Peony’s Soul

Slowly, they bud, as the lilacs fade, as the days grow warm and long One by one, they pop open, bursting bright raspberry shades across the lawns They open wider, flinging ruffles and ripples across our paths They are generous benefactors, stacking pillows of pink and magenta in front of our eyes The slanting sun […]

Hearing Voices in the Spring

Spring is the same year after year.  Flowers shoot up through the ground and bloom. Trees carry buds which flower and morph into yellow umbrellas and then into green canopies, lighting up against the gray, wet skies.  But the fabulous part of this whole Spring production is that while each Spring carries the same template, […]

Deep In Monkey Bread

Have you ever tried to make monkey bread with actual monkeys? OK, well neither have I, but I did with the closest thing to little monkeys you can find – a four year old and a 21 month old. A lazy Sunday morning, snowed in again, this time by a second blizzard, seemed like the […]

Why Christmas Lights Matter

She kept saying that she was making things beautiful. This is the first year she has actually been able to really help. Only one ornament broke. She was so excited to be a part of what we were doing.  So now, the tree is up. And lit. December is here.  And we forge ahead, into the […]

Identity and Children

“Has your wife held the baby yet?” The nurse asked Nathan. No, not yet, she didn’t know if she could, he told her. “Oh she needs to! Make sure you bring her down here as soon as she can!” It seems strange to think of having to ask to hold your newborn baby, but the […]

Want, Fear, & Grace -A Review of Teach Us To Want

  Jen Pollock Michel. Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. 221 pp   “But, I just love THINGS!” A beautiful woman married to a missionary pastor stood, laughing in our house, recounting a conversation she had had with her husband. She was describing the struggle between […]