The End is Drawing Near

  “My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed Only weeks ago, I was speaking at the Climacus Conference about becoming and seeking out the light of Christ. It was good I took a big old satisfying drink of spiritual renewal that wonderful weekend, as unbeknownst to me the days ahead would prove to challenge my renewed faith…

Extraordinarily Ordinary

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” ― Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems Recently, I’ve become enamored with lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography involves capturing  everydayness, paying extra special attention to the quiet little blessings that too often escape our notice. I still love posed portrait photography, of course. It brings me great joy to provide a family with a pretty picture of themselves all together in the same spot, at…

On loving my family “as is”

“This behavior is unacceptable!” I’ve often declared throughout my parenting career, using my most “I mean business” mom voice. Be it back talking, lying, whining, bickering, general slobbishness, once I’ve hit my limit I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up signaling an imminent depletion of patience. Sometimes, thanks be to God, I’ve taken the high road and counted to ten before losing my cool, but other…

The Right Tools For The Job

Yesterday I was drooling over irons at Target, which I realize as I type this makes me sound far less glamorous than I actually am. I mean I do have other interests besides ironing, like organizing my gift wrapping supplies, collecting cook books I’ll rarely use, bulk shopping at Costco…oh good grief, never mind. OK, so on paper my life might seem a tad mundane and ordinary. I can assure you in reality it…