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  • 1 Step Towards Raising Happier Kids…

    On Thursday, June 21 st, 2012
    Dear Ann, This morning my 12 year old son told me he’s about to reach his four thousandth thankfulness journal entry. I bought One Thousand Gifts at the 2011 KWCHEA homeschooling conference and heard you speak there [about How to Raise Grateful Kids]. At the time, my son was preparing for a regional track meet
  • How to Unplug {More}: 10 Things to Do {Pick 1 Before You Click}

    On Tuesday, June 19 th, 2012
    Print out and tape to the side of every screen: Why slow down and unplug {more}: ‘They say time is money, but that’s not true. Time is life. And if you want the fullest life, you need to find fullest time. God gives us time. But who has time for God? This makes no sense.
  • How to be One of the Strong …………… {and What Christian Sacrifice is Really}

    On Monday, June 18 th, 2012
    That’s the thought that struck me standing there with all of them under the sky. That collapsed all the clouds into this one loop of surprising wonder. How could I have ever known he’d be a father like this and in Christ, is anything ever really a sacrifice? On a weekend about fathers, we stand
  • Bonhoeffer & Counting One Thousand Gifts

    On Monday, June 11 th, 2012
    ‘Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that
  • Why You Really May Need to be Done with Safe: Being a Dangerous Disciple of the Unsafe God

    On Thursday, June 07 th, 2012
    My Gran, she’s taking slow walks outside the hospital now. Her heart’s growing stronger, beating certain. I wash down the cupboards in the kitchen. I pray for Gran’s heart attack recovery, for each step she keeps taking, ninety-one and frail-boned and Irish-determined. Life’s a risk and maybe she’s stronger than I am, accepting each heart beat,
  • What if Joy were always Possible?

    On Monday, June 04 th, 2012
    Joy is the fruit of gratitude. And gratitude is rooted in perspective. And when one’s rooted in Christ, one has been given the gift of the eyes that really see.   So joy is always possible. As long as thanks to God is possible, then joy in God is always possible. Joy is always possible.
  • Because Hard Days are White Horse Days

    On Wednesday, May 30 th, 2012
    When that window shattered into 7 billion pieces, a sliver stuck my heart and maybe a sliver is all we ever have? It wasn’t so much that our farm boy had turned the tractor too sharp. It wasn’t that he’d backed the tractor into the auger of the wagon hitched behind him. It wasn’t even
  • How to Really Survive a Heart Attack

    On Thursday, May 24 th, 2012
    Mama calls me to tell me that her mama’s had a heart attack. I hold the receiver close. Lower myself into a chair. Granny of the tea biscuits and the white light netted up in her white hair — she’s hardly standing at the side of her bed when her heart gets blocked and bits
  • What Grateful Love May Look Like

    On Wednesday, May 23 rd, 2012
    The bride, she always wears white. And the day I get married, I do, yet most of my life I’ve worn black. I know who I’ve been. The first memory I ever held was the blood of my sister running, ponding, everything alive draining away. I came from there. We breathed grief. Black fears formed
  • 3 Ways to Be a Happier Family …… {because we all are a bit broken}

    On Monday, May 21 st, 2012
    to print photo 1 and photo 2 :: The kids laugh loud and the floors shake a bit with the stars and the laundry sprawls across the mudroom floor. I pick up pencils and socks and all these pieces that keep breaking off us and a broken world. And I remember how to smile, how the
  • For the greatest gift is becoming a gift…

    On Thursday, May 10 th, 2012
    Mothering can spin you in these dizzy circles and who doesn’t need an encircling of grace? Women could do this for each other. Two years ago or so, I tell my firstborn of my crazy idea of this wooden wreath. A wreath going round and round and round, to put on the table for advent
  • Because this is the Truth about the real “Mother’s Day Card Mothers”

    On Wednesday, May 09 th, 2012
    I became a mother on the eve of Mother’s Day. And when they placed that vernix-covered, wrinkled babe into my 21-year old arms that muggy Saturday evening in May, no wave of relief, or ecstasy washed over me. Being the first to caress another human being’s cheek, I only felt raw, unadulterated, strangling terror. If
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