Quiet Q-Tip Activity

What’s free, easy to make, and kept my one-year-old quietly occupied all the way through a Sunday sermon?

This glorious little spice jar of Q-tips.

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Muffins, Anyone?

When I cook, my daughter is usually happy to play nearby in the living room. But I’ve been trying to find little ways to involve her in the kitchen.

Sometimes, I simply give her different objects to play with. Plastic containers of sprinkles make great maracas (as long as they stay closed). A colander and a wooden spoon make a fun drum set. The colander can double as a peek-a-boo hat—my daughter figured that one out all by herself! Continue reading

Changes Ahead

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged! I’ve continued to write and edit—just not in this space. But it’s time for that to change, and that means this blog will be changing direction.

I’ve focused on several different topics over the years, from advice for teenage girls to heartfelt spiritual reflections to thoughts on writing. After much consideration, I’ve decided to write about what’s most on my mind and heart these days: motherhood. Continue reading

A New Year’s Resolution That’s Just Write

I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. At the very least, I usually resolve to do something related to faith, something related to health, and something related to writing.

Last spring, a friend and I started a new writing routine. We live in different states, but we both woke up at 5 a.m. on weekdays to write. I felt revitalized. And I made a mental note: In 2017, I would resolve to write every single day.

Now that 2017 is actually here, my world looks a lot different than it did when I made that mental note. I have a different job, and my husband and I are getting ready to welcome our first child.  Continue reading

Be kind to the journalists

At the end of this election, I have one request: Be kind to each other.

Be kind to those who are different from you. Be kind to those with whom you disagree.

And be kind to the journalists, too. Please.

I say this as someone who works as a copy editor in a newsroom.

People don’t always like what we publish, and that’s OK. We don’t always like the things we’re covering, but we cover them anyway.

But there’s no reason for any of us to be unkind just because we don’t like something.

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