FNLY HPY

On our drive down to Gatlinburg last Friday the license plate on a little red car in the next lane caught my eye. It read “FNLY HPY”. As we accelerated past, I glanced over at the driver; a sixty-something woman with shortly-cropped gray hair and dark-rimmed rectangular glasses. For some reason I expected the owner…

Life and Laundry in Glen Allen

Something I have been terrified of for most of my adult life has become a reality. I’m married and parenting in the suburbs. Please send help. I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, and I hated it. Everyone seemed to live life on repeat: work, school, homework, tv, wash the cars, mow the…

My God Story

Guys. I have NEVER had it all together. Not before I was a Christian, and not since becoming one. I fall short every day. But if God can take the mess I was, the girl who thought she had zero value, then he can do the same for you. The amazing thing is, he longs…

Contentment

Last night, gathered around our couch and enjoying country-style donuts and a delicious Meritage from New Kent Winery, a small but awesome group of friends read through the book of James. There is such a sweetness in simple fellowship. Food, friends, God’s word and good conversation. It was an anchor in a week where I’ve…

B (Less) ed

“Of course,  godliness with contentment is great gain” ~ 1 Timothy 6:6 I just want to lean into this verse, hug it tight and let it sink in slowly,  taking up residence in my bones. The very appeal of it is strange to me. I always thought I’d end up living in some exotic place…

Quail Burgers 

​ When the ancient Israelites were wandering around in the desert for, oh, about forty years, they began to complain and say that they missed the good food they’d had back in Egypt. They conveniently forgot they’d been slaves and how great it had been building pyramids every day one brick at a time.  God…

(Un)Distractifying: Making Room for What Matters Most

A new beginning. 2016 lays stretched out before us, blank as the first page in a new composition book, waiting for us to fill it in one experience, one adventure at a time. My deepest desire for this next year is to experience God’s presence, love, power and provision in a profound way, and to…

Lost Cats, Car-Jackers, and Angels from Michigan

Two weeks ago my little cat was curled up next to me in bed. I was depressed because AshCap had moved to Tanzania. I looked down at Sebastian and said, “Well, at least I still have you.” Famous last words. That mofo disappeared a week later and I haven’t seen him since last Tuesday. So,…