Finding Normal

My new morning commute is forty-five minutes. One way. Does that sound a little crazy to anyone? That means every week I am driving about 7.5 hours back and forth to work . . . not including the time spent on the road if I happen to need a trip to town on a weekend….

On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . .

Panic! No, not really. Nobody panic. Especially not me. Although I do happen to feel a little panicky right at this moment. Know why? Today is July 1st, and also the first day of my new job, working as a writing assistant for Focus on the Family. Are you shocked? I was. Also very, very…

Headed For Home

I’m going to be honest with y’all. I’m writing this while we drive. I think we’re in Alabama right now. Somewhere near Birmingham, I think, although I am directionally challenged and it’s very possible that I’m wrong. Guys. Alabama is hot. Like, ridiculously hot. Like, if it wasn’t so beautiful I would never come here…

Road Trip

Guys. I’m probably lost. Like, lost lost. Somewhere in-between Virginia and Florida. I think the GPS knows where we are, but I lost track way back in Missouri. This has been a TRIP. And it’s not even halfway over yet. As far as I can recall (because I blacked out a few times and slept…

Tying Up Loose Ends

I am leaving tomorrow on a super special, very exciting trip. One last hurrah, you might say, before my job begins and I have to settle into a desk and learn a new routine. Since I love routines, I am very excited. But the fact remains that tomorrow morning, somewhere between Very Dark and Sleep…

A Solid Place

One of my oldest and dearest friends got married this week. I went to the wedding. It was beautiful. But, even though I am so, so happy for her and her new husband (who is amazing, by the way), it was also a very surreal experience for a lot of reasons. For one, she is…

Living Courageously

I have a confession to make. I have been keeping secrets from y’all. Big secrets. Secret secrets. Some of them are so big and so secret that I can’t even tell you about them yet. (I promise I will soon.) But I can tell you the first one today. About a month ago, I got…

Springtime and a New Baby

Does anyone remember Baby Groot? He’s a year old now. A whole year. I can hardly believe it. They grow up so fast. We haven’t had a birthday celebration for him yet, mostly because I am waiting for his new leaves to come out, but in the meantime, something exciting has happened! We had a…

Fighting Goliath

On Saturday, my writing group came to my house. Coming to my house is an adventure in itself. I’ve mentioned frequently that I live in the middle of nowhere, right? So, sometimes even Google Maps has a hard time leading people up my driveway. Two of my imagination buddies got lost. Then they called me….

A Late Night Visitor

Have I ever mentioned that I live in the middle of nowhere? Because I live in the middle of nowhere. My little house is smack in the middle of the woods, and it takes me thirty minutes of driving to find Walmart, fill my car up with gas, or get to the library. And if…