2021 in Review

I’ve been trying to think of some deep, meaningful words to summarize the past year. The only thing I can come up with is “holding”. It hasn’t been a particularly good year. It hasn’t been terrible either. It’s just been medium. I know. Read the room, Angela. I suppose the absence of tragedy is something…

Merry Christmas, Jerks!

We are quick to put others in boxes these days. We’ve all been guilty of it. We’ve been judged and been found wanting. We’ve judged others just as mercilessly and decided they aren’t worth our energy anymore. You’ve been a jerk to people this past couple years. Unless your crowd is thoroughly tight-lipped with their…

Walking the Walk

This morning I texted my friend Debbie from the school parking lot after dropping off the little one. She was free, so I drove the short distance to her house and we did what we often do: walked and talked. We have a few differences, Debbie and I. Her children are grown, and she lived…

Forty, Unsporty, and Thriving

41. The year you get a bird feeder for your birthday. And the terrifying thing is, you asked for it. It’s also apparently the year when I’m naming the different terms for “love” found in the Bible and I forget the word “phileo” (Greek for brotherly love) and instead say something that makes my co-ed…

These Days

Summer is almost over! Next week is Audrey’s first day of kindergarten! It doesn’t look as we had imagined, but we are grateful that she has the opportunity to attend school in person and, you know, actually be in a room with OTHER PEOPLE. It’s crazy that human interaction is out of the ordinary these…

Living Well

  I’ve never really been successful at…well, being successful. It’s not so bad, really. I have my comfort zone. There’s pizza there. But there’s this nagging question buzzing around in my head like an annoying little gnat lately: what if I am actually capable of way more than I think? What if I’ve been letting…

40:40 Day 22

The night we prayed over a one-armed woman in MCV’s emergency room started innocently enough. Julia and I were leading Tuesday night Bible study at my first floor duplex on Idlewood. Every week we’d have between six to twelve women (mostly college age) packed in my cheery yellow living room to share food, laughs, and…

These Guys..

Who can you be fully, completely yourself with? Which people can you trust with your secrets, your sorrows, and your deepest fears? Who would you pee in front of? Who can you laugh with until you collapse on the floor because your stomach hurts? I am blessed to have a few of these friends. I…

Church: It’s Not Just for Jerks

Come as you are. Flawed, broken, hurt, angry, scared, skeptical, addicted. There is a place for you. There is good food, transformational conversation, hugs, laughter, acceptance, support, wisdom, coffee, help, and love. Christian community has rocked my world. I’m not talking a bunch of WASPS in floral dresses and starched collars. I’m talking real people…

For the Love of Christmas

This holiday season I find myself looking back over 2015. I had so many great plans to get in shape, get out of debt, and get working on my book. Sometimes progress is so slow it seems like you’re moving backwards. I did lose ten pounds but then someone decided to take me on vacation…