Why We Should Be Friends With People Who Are Different From Us

I recently went to my Hindu friend's house for lunch. As we were heading out the door, my daughter decided to put a sticker on her forehead so that she could look more like my friend. When I pointed it out to my friend, she immediately offered both of my daughters some of her bindis -... Continue Reading →

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I Found This Cool Vintage Thing Called… Dignity.

I got a little peek into a political time capsule when we moved into our house a few years ago, which we bought from the original owners. They left several old bins, tubes, and flyers hidden in crannies around the house, and one day we found old flyer for a local mayor from the 1970's hidden... Continue Reading →

Clean Water Awareness Day

"I want you to imagine for a moment that when you wake up tomorrow, all of the water-related fixtures and appliances have been removed from your home. The sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers are gone. Dishwasher, washing machine, garden hoses, sprinklers - all gone. [...] At first, you would be irritated by the minor inconvenience... Continue Reading →

The Hole in My Heart

It just so happened that I ended up reading two very distinct and yet very parallel books at the same time last month. One was a library book that I just happened to pick up, and one was an audiobook that had been recommended to me. The parallel messages of two books created quite a... Continue Reading →

Dispelling the “Enjoy this – they grow up so fast, you know!” Guilt

Walking through parking lots and grocery stores with kids in tow almost always elicits some comment from a stranger. "You've got your hands full!" (Uh... I guess? Thanks?) and "Are they twins?" (No... they are two years apart...) are the most common. But when I get the "Enjoy this time! It'll be gone before you... Continue Reading →

Finding Beauty in the Small Church

If there was something great about small churches, wouldn't there be more people in them??? Well, not necessarily. Sometimes the greatness is disguised in a cloak of quirkiness and out-of-date Sunday school rooms, and people don't recognize the beauty inside. It's not hard to list off the potential down sides of small churches. Fewer programs,... Continue Reading →

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

What to do when the chandelier is old and just has to go? Build a new one - but make it even older than the first one! Here is the one that is headed to Goodwill: Now... here's how we made our new/old one - in five "easy" steps! ONE: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS First step,... Continue Reading →

Who Is My Neighbor?

I grew up practically next door to the Jewish hub of Pittsburgh - a neighborhood with over 20 synagogues and where an estimated 40% of residents are Jewish. I didn't know it then, but I had a unique experience compared with many of my friends who grew up in other parts of the country. I thought it... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Relevant Magazine: On Mommy Porn

Dear Relevant, Normally, I am very much on board with the articles you publish. I share them on Facebook, digest them, and they add to my understanding of marriage, life, and current events. But I think you missed something in your article on 50 Shades of Grey last month. I know the hubbub around 50 Shades has... Continue Reading →

When You Don’t Have Nearly Enough

"What food do you have?" Jesus asked. "Go and see." Now, there was a little boy in the crowd. He had brought a lunch that his mother had made for him that morning. He looked at this five loaves and two fish. It wasn't much - not nearly enough for 5,000 - but it was... Continue Reading →

How to Spend Less on the Everyday Stuff

Although your New Year's resolve to make better lifestyle choices might -- like mine -- already be ancient history, it's not too late to make some minor changes that can make a major difference with your everyday bills! 1) Internet When we first got internet service at our house, I used an advertised deal. I think... Continue Reading →

We Want What We See

Before we go into stores (and while we are walking through them), I often tell my children, "Be careful, we want what we see!" It is true for them, and it is true for me. Too true, in fact! I didn't know that I desperately needed a new shelf or a collapsible strainer or a... Continue Reading →

On the Side

I know it's fall now, but have I told you yet how much I love our community's Spring Clean-Up days? I love them for two reasons: 1) It is the one time a year when we can conveniently get rid of all of our "random" trash. Old fence posts the previous owner left behind, piles... Continue Reading →

Giving the Difference

"[North American Christians] are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids' soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world's inhabitants struggle just to eat... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Usually Buy New, But When I Do, I Shop At…

I'm more of a thrift store, garage sale, Craigslist kinda girl, but every once in a while there's something that you really need to buy new. Like diapers. And milk. And underwear (unless you find them at a consignment sale for REALLY cheap... but of course I have never done that. Or have I? I'm... Continue Reading →

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