As a Grownup

What I’m Reading (January 2016)

© 2010 Samantha Marx, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio It's been some time since I've done a post like this. Here's quick recap of what I've read the last few months. Parenting with Purpose by Nina Garcia One of the first women I found through blogging wrote a book. Read my review of it here. Big Little Lies & The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty I read these back in…
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How to Dress When You Have No Fashion Sense

Most of the time I'm happy wearing jeans, a t-shirt, tennis shoes, a cadet hat and no makeup. In the winter I'll add a sweatshirt or coat and boots. The problem is sometimes I have to wear something else. And occasionally I even want to. :) The bigger problem is, I have no fashion sense. I've never known how to look at a piece of clothing and know whether or…
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A Summer Reading Slow Down

My reading slowed down the last month or so. And for all the right reasons. A graduation trip to Mackinac Island with my little sister (who took the first two photos). Beach nights with Dan and the kiddos. Grilling out with friends.   If it weren't for Dan's and my short anniversary getaway, where I read every time Dan napped, I might not have gotten through a single book. But…
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No Easy Answers

My daughter asks the questions. She's not the rule follower I was. And there are no easy answers. Not to the important stuff. Have we pretended there are? Have we deceived our children into thinking that if they hold tightly enough to the proof texts they won't need to question? Because the real answer I don't know. It's complicated. But I'd be happy to wrestle with it alongside you. But…
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What I’m Reading

Here are my thoughts on some of the books I read during the first half of this year. I love to discuss books so feel free to ask questions in the comments if you're looking for a good read yourself. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver I like all of Kingsolver's fiction and this one was no exception. I love the way she brings so many worlds together and demonstrates how…
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Why I’ll Keep Writing

Some days I want to delete everything I've ever written from the internet. (I know, I know you can never delete it, but I'm really not concerned about someone caring enough to find something I've deleted). Some nights I lay in bed replaying and regretting the conversation I had with that cool new couple I just met. Some weeks I wear self-consciousness like it's my comfiest sweatshirt. It's certainly a…
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Ministry, Google Documents and Random Sidebars

Ha! I found this sign hilarious. On paper, I'm a horrible candidate for a pastor's wife. I don't play the piano. Children's ministry isn't my thing. And I'm an introvert. But boy do I love a good strategy meeting. Sidebar # 1: I don't actually think I'm a bad pastor's wife. But you wouldn't believe how many future pastors I heard in Bible school and seminary (mainly Bible school, the…
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