unexpected stories

See THE SONG: It's Not Just a Love Story

I’m excited to be part of THE SONG Blog Tour. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE. When it comes to movies, if it isn’t making me laugh or featuring an alien or a car chase, or a funny alien in a car chase, I’m kind of lost.  When I was asked to prescreen a movie called The Song, I had no idea what I was getting into. Spoiler  (…) READ MORE

The Four-Word Question That Changed Me

You know those friends you wish you could introduce to everyone?  You think, “Oh, I want so-and-so to meet her.  They’d really like each other!”  My friend, Chantel Adams, is one of those people.  She’s brimming with ideas and such a delicious spark of inspiration in my life and as I listened to her talk about her new company-for-a-cause, I just knew I had to introduce her to as many  (…) READ MORE

Coffee+Crumbs: Boogers Are the New Sexy

I’m over at Coffee+Crumbs today talking granny panties and A-cups.  It may be my most TMI post to date, you guys, and that’s saying something, right? If you haven’t swung by Coffee+Crumbs yet, it’s a delicious new site dreamed up by my friend, Ashlee Gadd, a place where moms can gather for storytelling, drinking coffee at a table covered in crumbs.  The other writers are fantastic, and if you’re looking  (…) READ MORE


Throwback Thursday - Bringing Evie Home From Ethiopia

For Throwback Thursday, I want to show you a video that most of you probably haven’t seen, bringing Evie home from Ethiopia.  Three years ago today we arrived in Addis Ababa and began our life together.  Alex scooped up all the sweet moments and put them in this video.  (For the full poop on the week — the good, the bad, and the I Had No Idea What I Was  (…) READ MORE

Prevention Isn't Sexy

Everyone responds in a crisis.  When something bad happens, we follow and share and send money and pray and feel compassion.  And we should.  It’s all hands on deck and let’s get in there and help our neighbors, whether they’re on an island around the world or down the street. But what about when there is no crisis, nothing bad happens, and people are thriving?  It’s boring.  We don’t see  (…) READ MORE

Pray for Ferguson - I Don't Know Quite What to Say Except to Say Something

I really suck at talking about hard issues.  I often feel like I don’t know enough or understand enough to weigh in on big topics, and so I sit back and listen to other, smarter, more experienced people talk. Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  Another black boy killed.  His body lay in the street for four hours.  Folks are upset, because it’s  (…) READ MORE

Jen Hatmaker INTERRUPTED and Why We're Really BFF

Okay, people, we need to talk about Jen Hatmaker.  We must.  We get to. The first time I ever heard her name I was packing to go pick up my daughter in Ethiopia and someone messaged me, “Do you know my friend Jen Hatmaker?  I think you guys are going to be there at the same time.”  No, no I did not know this anonymous person, but I liked her  (…) READ MORE