Therapy Tuesdays

We started meeting about a year and a half ago. We knew each other from our home group through church. And we were friends. But each of us also had another connection—a desire to write. And so we began meeting weekly, the three of us, to encourage each other in that endeavor. But six months […]

Want to Join Me in a Bible Study?

So I know it’s fall and most organized Bible study groups have already had sign up days and kick offs, but I wondered: are any of you out there, like me, whose schedule doesn’t accommodate a set meeting schedule right now but you’d like to do a prescribed study? And even more, you’d like to […]

Two Heads Can Be Better Than One

  Last Friday I went over to my friend Lori’s house for a “writing day.” Actually, we watched a few episodes of Stan Williams’s Storycraft series and then attempted to apply the concepts to our current WIPs. (A WIP is a Work In Progress, for you non-writers.) I’ve done this kind of work on my […]

Why I Blog

Why I Blog

As I do at the end/beginning of every year, I took stock of all the things on my plate for 2015, trying to decide what I needed to continue, what I needed to let go. As I considered what I enjoyed and what was profitable (in terms of time, energy and money, but also in […]

Boston

Boston

So we left the tranquility of our mountain retreat and braved the big city of Boston. Before I tell you a bit about our time here, let me back up. In December, when our daughter graduated from college, we asked her what she wanted for graduation. She asked for a trip to Boston. She is […]

Celebrating Friends and Friendship

Celebrating Friends and Friendship

It’s been a crazy-busy April, and last week I thought I’d crumble in a heap on the floor. But you know what saved me from a complete meltdown? My friends. And not quite in the way you’d think. You see, I firmly believe that friendship is a two-way street, an ebb and flow of encouragement, […]

Becky Wade

Becky Wade

I had dinner with the lovely Becky Wade on Friday night. We have such a unique relationship. Not only do we both live in the Dallas area and write for Bethany House, but Becky has known my brother and sister-in-law for over ten years–long before she and I met! Isn’t that wild? I very much […]

Dinner with Friends

Dinner with Friends

My BFF of 20+ years turned 50 this month. A cause for celebration, to be sure. So I coordinated with her husband and mine and managed to find a time for the four of us to have dinner together. That might not sound like a birthday-worthy feat, but I assure you, it was. A few […]

A George Bailey Moment

Every year I watch It’s a Wonderful Life at Christmastime. And every year I cry (read: bawl like a baby) at the end, when George Bailey realizes how many friends he has and how much his friends and family care about him.  I’ve been feeling a bit George Bailey-esque these past few weeks. I’ve had […]

My Cool Twitter Story

Social media. Love or hate it, I think it is here to stay. And in spite of some issues with it, there are some really cool things about it, too. I jumped into Facebook pretty quickly. Fun to reconnect with people I hadn’t seen in years. I especially enjoyed catching up with high school friends […]