Family Life, Spiritual Formation

20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves

  It often happens this way. Peter and I are asked to speak on the subject of marriage, and our own relationship comes under particular attack. Sometimes it comes in the form of a full frontal assault, a crisis beyond our control. But more often the enemy sends in stealth bombers—our own poor choices, rogue… Read More 20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

For the Ones Who Wait

On Tuesday we dropped everything at 3 p.m. We left Daryl’s math lesson, half-finished, on his desk. We set science to one side. And we took a trip—a pilgrimage, really—to the Spring Hill Mall. There’s nothing special about this particular shopping establishment—except for the fact that we were there when I received one of my… Read More For the Ones Who Wait

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

Get Back on the Bike!

Tuesday was tough. It was my first day back as “homeschooling teacher-mom” after Daryl and Amelia had almost an entire month off. (Not recommended!) Supplies were out of order. Books had gone missing. The kids had forgotten how to behave. I had forgotten how to behave. And to top it all off, I caved and… Read More Get Back on the Bike!

Family Life, Good Health, Writing & Communication

In Defense of Pork Chops & Prayer

I must admit. Last week was intense. It was simultaneously a little taste of heaven. Peter and I were still off of work. We gave our homeschooling kids one more week of Christmas break. (Why not?) And my writing deadline was fast approaching. Book manuscript due: January 15. So Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday—every day… Read More In Defense of Pork Chops & Prayer

Family Life

What We’ve Been Up To

Phew! It’s been a busy season of ministry here. We’re already finishing the seventh week of the semester at Moody Bible Institute. (How did that happen?) And on the weekends throughout September, I’ve had the joy of speaking at several women’s retreats—one on Mackinac Island (incredible!), another at Lake Ann Camp (also gorgeous!), and a third at… Read More What We’ve Been Up To

Family Life

The Worralls Go West: The Final Chapter (Every Good Gift)

Our kids like to play a game they call “Birthday Party.” It involves wrapping up some of their old toys, using reams of wrapping paper and plenty of Scotch tape. After they spend considerable time with their preparations, they find me and pile the precious gifts at my feet. My role is always to distribute… Read More The Worralls Go West: The Final Chapter (Every Good Gift)

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The Worralls Go West: Days 7-11 (Friends & Family)

Last Thursday our trip took a turn—from seeing places, to seeing people. Since then the days and nights have been packed so full that I’ve had no time to write. Now, with Colorado (sadly) in our rear-view mirror, I have a few minutes to share some highlights… We arrived in Denver last Thursday evening and… Read More The Worralls Go West: Days 7-11 (Friends & Family)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 6 (Slowing Down)

According to my original plan (my structured, yet spontaneous “plan”), yesterday was going to be another long driving day—a utilitarian day really—a day to simply get from one place to another, from Tatum’s Haven to Denver (an 8-hour drive, without stops). Sitting at my dining room table three weeks ago and looking at the Google… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 6 (Slowing Down)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 5 (Yellowstone)

So…yesterday morning we woke up to find ourselves here: Tatum’s Haven doesn’t look like much from the outside. But the inside is adorable and the setting is idyllic. This is the remote cabin experience that I wanted us to have while out in the Wild West. We ate breakfast on the porch and then explored… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 5 (Yellowstone)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 4

Yesterday was a long driving day—all the way across the state of Wyoming, the tenth largest state in the country, but also the least populated. In the morning, before we left Hill City (SD), we decided to try our hand at geocaching since there was an easy geocache located in the Hill City Cemetery. If you aren’t… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 4