Writing & Communication

5 Reasons to Join Us on This Journey

Wow! The This Odd House blog turns 5 this month! Can you believe it? I sure can’t. But here we are—celebrating what-feels-to-me-to-be a significant milestone.   Anniversaries are a perfect time to reflect. So if you’ll indulge me, I’ll do a bit of that… I created this space in July 2013, at the beginning of… Read More 5 Reasons to Join Us on This Journey

Family Life

Daryl’s Story: When God Calls

This precious kid turns six on Sunday. So today it seems fitting to share a bit of his God story with you. A longer version is also the next chapter in the This Odd House manuscript. And taken in that context, it represents a much-anticipated turning point.   In January 2009, I wrote in my… Read More Daryl’s Story: When God Calls

Spiritual Formation

Gutted, but Not Destroyed

“I tear down to rebuild. And through the process of pain, growth happens. I hate it, but it is good.” –Henry Cloud, How People Grow   I just watched a video montage of several buildings being demolished. Enormous structures of brick and concrete and steel. Exploding. Then imploding. Then crumbling to the ground. Some of… Read More Gutted, but Not Destroyed

Family Life

What We Learned in Kindergarten

Thursday morning was Daryl’s final day of Kindergarten. Thursday night was the Kindergarten graduation ceremony. And in the middle, his Momma had a mini-meltdown. It didn’t obviously have anything to do with Daryl and the fact that he’s growing up so fast, as they all do. Oh, I’m sure the emotions surrounding the day primed… Read More What We Learned in Kindergarten

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

Not-So-Good Friday

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” Philippians 3:12   Good Friday at This Odd House started out “pretty good.” The kids were home from school, and the… Read More Not-So-Good Friday

Spiritual Formation

To Grow Your Soul

I am a gardening wannabe. It’s the artistic part that appeals to me. Loading my Home Depot cart with pretty plants. Then arranging them around the garden, according to size and color and shape and texture and blooming time. However—and quite unfortunately—the science side of gardening eludes me. Oh, sure, I can place the plants… Read More To Grow Your Soul