{Soul Rest Sunday} Whenever I’m Alone With You

By On September 14, 2014

“my soul rests quietly…only when i am alone with you.” ps62:1 {a morning prayer comes to me gentle like the dawn by fog and first light.} carmel valley, ca  I’m not entirely… Read More

{wishing to bring every solider home today... but for now, may our words warm the soul of everyone who serves with our love & remembrance}

9/11 and Me: A Day When Everything Stops

By On September 12, 2014

Growing up here in Northern California, I didn’t know anyone who served in the military… personally. I grew up here in Silicon Valley, right where Steve Jobs first planted the first Apple… Read More

from Lysa TerKeurst's newly released book "The Best Yes"

The Awkward Disappointment of Saying No

By On September 11, 2014

I didn’t want to go anymore. I was having anxiety attacks and when that happens, I can’t think. I feel numb.  I literally had nothing to say. I had worked myself into a… Read More

Painting God's love notes. Officers in the Warriors Transition Battalion uncover their souls & stories. {Spiritual Whitespace Retreat, Nashville, TN}

Me & the Military: It Changed Me (Day 21 — 21 Days of Rest)

By On September 10, 2014

Something in me changed. In a big way. It happened so unexpectedly.  It happened in Nashville, a city I’ve never been before. It happened before I had my first taste of cheesy grits,… Read More


9 Ways to Rekindle the Soul of Your Family

By On September 4, 2014

School has started and parents have been deployed into the battlefield of life. Like the gunshot fired at the start of a runner’s sprint, after-school fall activities have begun: soccer practice, music… Read More

hand-lettered art by @emdashpaperco via Instagram

Sparkle Again: When The Stars Fall Down

By On September 1, 2014

I have been hungry for a long time. Soul hungry. I’ve longed for the cool mist of light spring rain, but I’ve been wandering in the desert. The desert of my soul.… Read More


a fork in the road. busy or beloved?

By On August 29, 2014

isn’t it easier to be busy? isn’t it easier to be distracted? isn’t it easier to let someone else choose for us, what it is that needs to be done? it’s easier… Read More

Replenishing my soul one morning after a weekend pouring out. a quiet hike w/a friend. {sunshine kissing the space btwn translucent skin of seeds}

find me in the quiet places: a little big change (Day 20) 21 Days of Rest

By On August 28, 2014

{thank you for your sweet words of encouragement for my time with the Military to meet with the Wounded Warriors Battalion from Fort Campbell, KY this weekend.  i truly felt your prayers for… Read More

hand art by @emdashpaperco | instagram

Me & the Military? The Scariest Thing (Day 19) 21 Days of Rest

By On August 21, 2014

I didn’t want to tell my story. I didn’t want to write that book. Not the one about my pain.  Not the one about my childhood. What use is it to go back… Read More

soul words feed the heart for the journey {caleb and R2D2}

I Am His Mommy: Soul Words For School

By On August 19, 2014

The tags off the backpacks have been clipped.  I’ve labeled their stuff with a Sharpie and lime-green duct-tape.  I’m sitting on the carpet floor checking off the school supplies list and rummaging through… Read More

nanu... nanu {the younger me. third grade}

To Robin Williams: What I Know Now (A Letter To My Younger Self) (Day 18)

By On August 12, 2014

When I heard of Robin Williams’ suicide and death yesterday, I was crushed with heartbreak.  I wanted to cry. Robin Williams made me laugh during a time in my life when my parents divorced.  When… Read More


What Does It Mean To Really Forgive? (Day 17) 21 Days of Rest

By On July 31, 2014

Are you still in contact with your mom?  What about your father? I never know what the person who’s asking thinks about my answer.  It ties my stomach up in knots and… Read More

Because some days you need a double shot of faith