Puffy Tacos {Taco Bar for Cinco de Mayo}

May 5, 2014

I’m about to give away the family jewels here.  And listen.  After all the busyness and writing and preparing of the last few weeks, I’d give just about anything away for summer to be here.  Or least to never have to be nicely dressed for 12 straight hours again.  I’ve become such a homebody whiner. […]

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The Book I’ve Waited My Whole Life to Read {#IDHTBPTBB}

April 30, 2014

Welcome WBIR friends!! I’ve got a special page ready for you with a free download! Click here to get started! When I was in my fourth year of medical school, I hosted my first big shindig at my house.  I hired a bluegrass band, put up a bunch of makeshift decorations (which I mostly clipped […]

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Something Other Than God {And also Texas}

April 28, 2014

There are a lot of great folks from Texas. I like to pride myself in all things Lone Star State, so humor me in a smidgen of Texas pride.  There’s George W., Tommy Lee Jones, and Waylon Jennings.  Don’t forget Gene Autry, Sam Houston and Don Henley.   You probably would have guessed that Buck Owens, […]

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Fairer Than Day

April 27, 2014

 I breathe deeply, and certainty enters into me like light, like a piece of science, and curious music seems to hum inside my fingers. Is there a single person on whom I can press belief?  No sir.  All I can do is say, Here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw. I’ve been there and am […]

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Weekend Grace

April 26, 2014

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be speaking again this year at the Becoming Conference on August 8 and 9th.  It’s held in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Ridgecrest Retreat Center near Asheville, NC.  Some of my favorite women will be there speaking too, so I know this weekend will be a blessing.  Check […]

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Daily Grace

April 25, 2014

We’ve been in a string of busy weeks the likes of which we haven’t seen for a long time.  The weekends, which for us are often retreats of reading and writing and food making, have been full to the brim.  So, we decided to claim this one for rest.  We are headed up to the […]

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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

April 23, 2014

Dear kind and spicy friends, I took 817 pictures of this soup and I COULD NOT capture the deliciousness of this creamy chicken tortilla soup. Whatsoever. Please believe me when I say that this soup is the mother of all tor-tilla soups.  (We say tortilla like gorilla, for special effects.) This is but a warm […]

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How We Do Holidays Around Here

April 21, 2014

Good morning, Gorgeous!  I hope your Easter weekend was beautiful and restful. I have a holiday weekend strategy that you might find helpful.  It comes from years of trial and error where I needed a vacation from my post holiday/over-stressed blues.  Besides my weekend strategy, you also might want to adopt my Easter basket philosophy, […]

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Our Broken Hallelujah

April 18, 2014

“Standing by the cross of Jesus was his mother…..” As a mother, it’s hard not to see Good Friday from the broken heart of the mother of God, watching with horror as her son was mocked and beaten and crucified.   The sin of Adam, which ushered in our suffering and death would be answered […]

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For My Beloved

April 17, 2014

 For those who fear their sin has been too great and their pride too blinding, For those crushed under doubt and shame and unbelief, For those whose hearts are broken with loneliness, abandonment,  and mind-numbing grief, For those who’ve spent years in a dark and dreary wilderness, without the tiniest shimmer of hope, For those […]

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The 3 Secrets to Radical Hospitality

April 15, 2014

My love for hospitality began when I was ten years old and a giant ornate bar was delivered to our dining room complete with a crystal whiskey decanter and a set of brandy sniffers.  I don’t think we had ever owned anything quite so nice and I was completely awestruck at the possibilities.  My sister […]

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On Vows, Teens, and Other Sacred Things

April 13, 2014

We began Holy Week today with little ones waving palm branches as they made their way toward the altar, followed by 11 young men and women ready to make their confirmation vows to God—vows to follow Christ even unto death, to hear His Word regularly and to take His Supper faithfully.  I was teary eyed […]

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5 Surefire Ways to Breathe New Life Into Ordinary Days

April 9, 2014

I don’t know about you but I sure could use a  reset.  It’s so easy to let the busyness and details of ordinary life choke out  the beauty that hovers all around us.  I did a mental (and physical) reset a couple weeks ago and I’m so glad I did.  Do you ever just wish […]

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On Porches and Spring and Life in the South

April 7, 2014

No front porches. My uncle says there used to be front porches. And people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk, rocking, and not talking when they didn’t want to talk. Sometimes they just sat there and thought about things, turned things over. My uncle says the architects got rid of […]

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Weekend Grace

April 5, 2014

I’ve got lots more to say about this soon but one of my (crafty) dreams just came true.  I’ve been stalking following Anna Marie Horner for years wondering when I might ever get the chance to sit with her around a sewing machine and learn from the master.  She’s a fabric designer, master seamstress, brilliantly […]

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