unexpected stories

10 Ways for a Regular Person to Fight Modern Day Slavery

It’s estimated that 27 million men, women, and children are living in slavery today. You can do one of two things with that statement.  You can tell yourself, “I don’t own slaves,” and carry on with your life.  Or, you can make it personal.  You might not own slaves yourself, but do you ever wonder who’s sewing your clothes, picking your coffee and chocolate beans, and assembling your children’s toys?  (…) READ MORE

My Weekend Away, Samplers of My Book, Weirdness, and a Tee Shirt Giveaway

Last weekend I attended one of my favorite events of the year, Allume Conference.  Everything was delicious and beautiful and I saw some of the bestest people on the planet and do I have pictures?  Did I capture memories of this momentous occasion? No, not really, no.  Because I hardly ever remember to take pictures, except with my brain, which being of the Mommy variety, means I’d better write a  (…) READ MORE

Pranking Your Friends

We’ve started this little group in our neighborhood, trying to be more intentional about doing life with our neighbors.  So far, we’ve hung out at our house, gotten to know each other a bit, and served at our local food bank with all our kids.  One of the couples asked us to watch their dogs while they were gone for a couple of days, and isn’t that such a great  (…) READ MORE

Coffee+Crumbs: When They Took My Baby Away

I’m back over at Coffee+Crumbs sharing those first feelings after I had Elliott.  I had preeclampsia, and he had inter-uterine growth restriction (IUGR).  I had a partially-abrupted placenta, and my blood pressure was through the roof.  To save both our lives, they had to take him out at 34 weeks, and then my bloodwork continued to do wonky things.  I tried to capture some of my early thoughts and feelings  (…) READ MORE

Our Newest Member of the Family

Remember back in July when I was in a car accident and my dog died?  I mean, separately, but within hours of each other. My beloved minivan and the friend who saved my life both went to the great beyond in the same sucky 24-hour period. Well, this week, God made all things new.  While I can never replace the good times or special stinky smells of my red van  (…) READ MORE

We're Ruining Our Kids for Life

This morning I finally broke the bus stop/jammie barrier.  For weeks now, I’ve managed to pull on jeans, shorts, or at the bare minimum, my butter-stained yoga pants, but today, today I went in patterned jammie pants flowing in the early morning breeze.  It’s only October, and I’ve already landed in this dismal lack of caring. I wore my glasses, the ones I always switch out for contacts before going  (…) READ MORE

Missions and Boobs: A Group Project Inspired by the Internet

What led you to this blog?  Did you click on a link from Facebook or google something that offered you one of my posts?  As the author of this blog, I’m always interested in what leads people my way, and there are two major themes, two vastly different topics that lead the average Google searcher my way.  Missions and boobs. What. What on earth do missions and boobs have in  (…) READ MORE