This book! I meant to tell you about it ages ago. It’s so so good.

LauraAll Posts, Books

I just realized that I haven’t yet told you about Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. It’s such an important and timely book about Deitrich Bonhoeffer, prayer, home, civics, humanity, race, and the author herself, Laura Fabryky, who generously shares her memoirs of being an American guide of the Bonhoeffer-Haus in Berlin. I meant … Read More

Three New Picture Books From One Author You Won’t Want to Miss

LauraAll Posts, Books

Have you ever read a picture book to your child that beautifully communicates a truth you’ve been hoping to share, but simply didn’t know how? Each of these three picture books does this for me. Each takes truths I had not yet put into words and crafts them into an unforgettable story and artwork. I am grateful to my friend … Read More

Five Ways to Build Relationship With Your Tween Daughter

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, True Girl: Tweens and Teens

Every time I hear Nichole Nordeman’s song “Slow Down,” I cry ugly mommy tears. Nordeman sings “slow down” to her child who, like all children, seems to be growing up too quickly. It’s beautiful, nostalgic, and heartbreaking.  (Have you seen the music video? Get the tissues ready!) The chorus is: Slow down Won’t you stay here a minute more I know … Read More

These Summer Days

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life

Hi, there! I just wanted to pop in and share some glimpses of our summer. Of course, these are the beautiful moments, but they’re just as real as the times when I’m cranky and nothing is going right (no one grabs a camera in those moments…). So, I’ll leave the cranky days to your imagination and welcome you into the beautiful ones.  Even in … Read More

I Miss Hugs: A Lament

LauraAll Posts

i feel the ache without hugs, i don’t know how to say “hello” to my friends i don’t know how to say “hello” to my family our very souls are knit together, yet now we stand six feet apart and flounder awkwardly i miss hugs when i see a friend at the grocery store i miss hugs when we meet … Read More

The Gift of Breath

LauraAll Posts

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7

This Surprised Me About Dandelions

LauraAll Posts

This spring, the children and I read Valerie Worth’s poem “Dandelion”. It forever changed how we see this common weed. Dandelions are a reminder of God’s handiwork throughout the universe. dandelion Out ofGreen space,A sun:Bright forA day, burningAway toA husk, aCratered moon: BurstIn a weekTo dust:SeedingThe infiniteLawn withIts starrySmithereens. Valerie Worth “His fingers set the moon in place, The stars … Read More

A Charlotte’s Web Book Party

LauraAll Posts

When author E.B. White recorded the final audiobook chapter of Charlotte’s Web, he couldn’t get past Charlotte’s death without crying. It took him 17 tries. Oh, how we understand! For twelve years (maybe more), the children and I have read Charlotte’s Web every spring. I cry every time. It seems like only yesterday that I posted a note about our reading in 2008. … Read More

Praying the Psalms Will Steady Your Emotions and Awaken Your Soul

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Ministry

My emotions have been all over the spectrum – from highs to lows to feeling numb. Praying the Psalms has been a life-saver to me during this challenging time. The Psalms teaches us how to feel and what to do with our emotions, whether we are thinkers, feelers, stuffers, venters, whether we are steady or we are volatile. Praying the Psalms keeps my … Read More

Are you valuable without accomplishments, appointments, and activities?

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Ministry

What do you do when your activities, appointments, and commitments suddenly disappear? In this episode of Grounded (a daily videocast by Revive Our Hearts), I share one life-changing thing that God is teaching me during this season of home quarantine. It starts like this… Imagine a father bringing his children to the playground. The kids dart off to play on … Read More