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!


Top Posts of 2014

2014 was my first full year of blogging. A year of finding my feet and figuring it out. And I still have a long way to go. I still write long. I still write slow. And I’m still far from regular. I still haven’t managed to fit blogging into the weekly routine of my life.… Read More Top Posts of 2014



While things have been a bit quiet here at thisoddhouse.org for the past few weeks, they have been far from quiet at This Odd House in McHenry. In the midst of some sicknesses and the end-of-semester stress, we have also been celebrating the season in several special ways. We put up our tree. And while… Read More BIG NEWS!

Spiritual Growth, Writing

For the New School Year

Here’s what happened at our house last week… Daryl started first grade.   Amelia started the 3-year-old program at the same school.   Peter started back to work with faculty meetings.   And so did I. (The blurriness is absolutely apropos.) Thankfully, Grandma came from England last Wednesday and is helping us through the transition.… Read More For the New School Year


Six Lessons I Have Learned as a New Blogger

July has been a big birthday month in our house. I turned xx. In the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And discovered the ideal spot to finish writing my book. (See that cabin back there? Donald Miller would approve.) This little darling turned 3. At the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Where even the sharks seemed to grin… Read More Six Lessons I Have Learned as a New Blogger

Spiritual Growth, Writing

Just Call Me “Vulnerable”

“Adam and his wife were both Naked, and they felt no Shame” (Genesis 2:25). I’ve been called “vulnerable” more than a few times since I launched this blog last July. It just happened again last night. And actually, it’s a label I’m happy—and humbled—to own. Or, at least, aspire to. If I’m going to share… Read More Just Call Me “Vulnerable”

This Odd House the Book, Writing

What I Took Away & What Is to Come

Last week I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For three intense days, I basked in the wisdom and wit of writers/speakers such as Bret Lott, James McBride, Anne Lamott, Richard Foster, and Rachel Held Evans. I scribbled pages of notes on subjects like Writing as Lament,… Read More What I Took Away & What Is to Come