unexpected stories

Overdramatic Family

You know all the Saturday Night Live families?  There’s “Sarcastic Clapping Family of Southampton,” “Dysfunctional Family Dinner” with Sarah Michelle Geller, the family who hires Matt Foley for some motivational speaking, and “Kissing Family”: Wow, your parents are really– Affectionate, yeah, I know. If we were an SNL family, we’d definitely be “Overdramatic Family.”  We are big and loud and display All the Emotions and nothing is ever, ever subtle.  Can you  (…) READ MORE

10 Reasons You Need to Get WOMEN ARE SCARY Now

Well, it’s March, and I can officially say my book comes out THIS MONTH.  (pause for complete mental breakdown and urgent trip to the bathroom) I keep running into people who aren’t sure how to get my book.  This is totally my fault.  I’m really bad at talking about this and do this weird bashful toe-digging-in-the-ground mumbly thing.  The conversation goes something like this: Person: You wrote a book? Me:  (…) READ MORE

Mobilizing Moms at CAFO Summit 2015

Are you attending the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit this year?  If so, I’m leading a workshop and I’d love to see you there!  (My workshop is scheduled right before the dinner break, so I’m contemplating passing out Red Bull shots and possibly beginning with some light calisthenics.  I will definitely need to employ lots of jazz hands and maybe even a buffalo step and if all else fails,  (…) READ MORE

Oscar Superlatives, Stress Paralysis, and a Jewelry Giveaway

This is me freaking out when my book unexpectedly showed up in my mailbox.  I cannot be cool about this.  (I feel like maybe this should be on my tombstone: “She could not be cool about this.”)  I set it down like it was on fire and I still haven’t opened up, though I’ve given it several rounds of side eyes.  Also of importance, this morning I put the clothes  (…) READ MORE

Coffee & Crumbs: World's Worst Mother-in-Law Ever

On Coffee+Crumbs today I’m talking about the world’s worst mother-in-law ever.  Before this post went live, I texted my very wonderful mother-in-law to let her know this wasn’t about her, so she wouldn’t freak out when she saw the title.  And then my editor, Ashlee, and I had this conversation about what the picture should be.  I think I’m totally reasonable here: As always, Ashlee made a perfectly beautiful photo, though  (…) READ MORE

The Sitting Shirt: It's a Thing

I’ve been raving about my new sitting shirt for weeks now on Facebook and feel like I need to let the rest of the world know about this revolutionary piece of clothing. I was wandering around the clearance rack at Ross when I spied a fancy little thing with a cowl and a nice length that would cover even the visiblest of granny panty lines.  It beckoned me in.  As  (…) READ MORE

Coffee+Crumbs: If Any of You Mention Oils, I Will Punch You in the Face

I’m over at Coffee+Crumbs today talking about what could be considered the prequel to last week’s Oils Can Save Us from the Zombie Apocalypse. Taking your child to the pediatrician’s office is the worst. When you walk through the door and turn toward the Sick Side of the waiting room you can almost feel the germs descend onto your scalp and lay eggs in your eyebrows. Your child is of course oblivious  (…) READ MORE