Daring Greatly

Filipe and I are currently on sabbatical. If all is going according to plan then by the time you are reading this we are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Montenegro sailing toward the Greek Islands. In addition to enjoying each other and two weeks sans kids, we are studying early church history and the journeys the Apostle Paul made. Of course Paul didn’t have the luxury of sailing on Princess Cruise Line, but we’re in the same waters. ūüėČ In these waters Paul endured hardships, shipwrecks, and heartache, a man who…

Why We Don’t Allow Our Kids to Say “I Know”

While Filipe and I are on sabbatical I’m revisiting the archives and adding a little present day commentary along the way. This week our kids are heading to Grandma’s house while Filipe and I fly to Rome, Italy. We are so thrilled.¬† I first posted this in 2010 and it’s something we still talk about as a family today.¬† A couple of weeks ago my two girls were playing together in the corner of the living room. I was sitting nearby and heard Lily say, “Cailyn, Daddy says we can’t say that.” Not hearing what…

Home of the Brave?

Tomorrow is America’s birthday. For some it’s a day to wear red, white, and blue, a day to gather on the picnic blankets and watch the fireworks. It’s a day to celebrate freedom. For others it’s none of those things. Their country has disappointed them. They feel let down.¬†It’s hard to celebrate freedom when you don’t feel free to live. As a kid I remember watching the fireworks. I gazed at the sky as my eight year old eyes filled with hope and wonder. I believed I really did live in the greatest country in…

How Running Changed My Life

I started running just over three years ago. In a matter of weeks I went from a running-hater to a running-lover. (I shared how my journey began here.) Aside from a few injuries that sidelined me, I’ve been running ever since. I still have so far to go, but what matters most to me is that I keep pounding the pavement mile after mile. Because¬†no matter how far or fast I ran last week, running forces me to face¬†myself today. Last week may have been a PR (personal record) or a complete disaster, but today…