Communication

A War of Words: What the Current MBI Crisis Can Teach Us All

For our most recent date night, Peter and I went to see Darkest Hour, a movie that retells (and reinterprets) the story of the early days of Winston Churchill’s time as the British Prime Minister. (Spoiler alert.) Hitler’s army has defeated Belgium. It has almost brought France to her knees. And Hitler has his sights set on… Read More A War of Words: What the Current MBI Crisis Can Teach Us All

The Holiness Project

We’re Reading Romans!

The crazy start of the school year and the exciting book launch for Pierced and Embraced have prevented me from doing much personal writing here at This Odd House.  However, over the summer God led me to start another sort of writing ministry over on Facebook. Back in June, I felt Him nudging me to share… Read More We’re Reading Romans!

Adoption, In the Waiting Room

Waiting on Island Time

“Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” –William Faulkner   Our official wait for our daughter Amelia began on an island—the island of Great Chebeague, off the coast of Maine. In the summer of 2006, we mailed our… Read More Waiting on Island Time

Spiritual Growth

Rx: Forgiveness

Forgiveness should be a fairly familiar concept for all of us. It’s a practice that we each come face-to-face with on a regular — perhaps, daily — basis. We have no choice really. Any human relationship of any consequence requires truckloads of it. We wrong each other repeatedly — in ways both small and large,… Read More Rx: Forgiveness

Spiritual Growth

How Women Encounter the Love of Christ

Do women experience their relationship with God differently than men do? If so, in what ways? And what does that mean for our churches? For our ministries and our sermons? And for the way that pastors lead? Today I’m writing over at PastorResources.com about the particular way Jesus ministered to women.  CLICK HERE to read more!

In the Waiting Room

When the Wait Is Worth It

Are you waiting for anything right now? The next life event? An answer to prayer? The end of a particular pain? Today I have the honor of writing again about the theme of waiting, this time over at Elisa Morgan’s blog, Really!  Join me there as I reflect on what it’s like to wait when you’re… Read More When the Wait Is Worth It

Spiritual Growth, Writing

Pierced and Embraced Releases Today!

We are a love-thirsty people. We try so many ways to satiate those longings that we live with, but ultimately only one source—the living water—will satisfy.   A couple of years ago my husband Peter and I wrote a little book called 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves. It started as a blog post,… Read More Pierced and Embraced Releases Today!

Spiritual Growth, The Holiness Project

Join Me in James

For me, the month of July has been all about re-ordering my life in several important ways. I’ll share more about that in future posts… But this morning I just wanted to take a minute and invite you over to my Facebook page. One element of my “re-ordering” has been the re-establishment of a more meaningful… Read More Join Me in James

Holidays, Parenting, The Kiddos

Crepe Paper Streamers and Balloons: Our Anti-Pinterest Party

I admit it. I like Pinterest-worthy parties. I mean, I really like them. The beauty. The order. The creativity. The perfection. The sparkle. The shine. They speak to me. However, a Pinterest-worthy party has not been our reality this week here at This Odd House. Yesterday, my favorite little girl turned six years old. And… Read More Crepe Paper Streamers and Balloons: Our Anti-Pinterest Party

Homeschooling, Travel

5 Lessons that Traveling Can Teach

We had been trying for a long time to take our family to Peter’s homeland of England. Several years ago we started putting money aside every month specifically for that purpose. But then a car would need repairs or an appliance would need replacing, and—bang!—would go our travel fund. Eventually, for one of Peter’s birthdays,… Read More 5 Lessons that Traveling Can Teach