The Letter I Wish I Would Have Read My Freshman Year of College

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  Elena and I are flying back to California tomorrow for my 10-year college reunion. My parents graciously gifted us miles. I think partly so I could see some of my dearest college friends and so they could see their granddaughter. It’s a win, win if you ask me. I’ve been thinking a lot about myRead more

When is Less More? Thoughts on Parenting, Giving Kids Options and Contentment

  Last week, Elena and I were on our way back from an afternoon errand. As soon as I pull up in front of our house, her little voice from the backseat both asks and exclaims, “Agua? Agua!” I pull her out of the carseat, going over my mental to-do list that should be written downRead more

What About International Men’s Day?

Last Friday was International Women’s Day. I posted this on facebook and twitter: Today my husband wished me a Happy International Women’s Day. Then he asked, “so when is International Men’s Day? #goodquestion #equality And within minutes I was surprised by the responses and replies from men and women alike. Comments like “I’m pretty sureRead more

Short-Term Missions: Done Differently

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If you’re reading this I am guessing you have either: a) been on a short-term mission trip or b) sent money to someone going on one. Now, I could write a whole book about the benefits and limitations of short-term mission trips. I have seen short-term mission trips go very well or very, very badly.Read more