When I was a teenager my parents bought a minivan with a VHS tape player—it felt super high tech at the time. One of my favorite memories in that van was a day when I was driving our family home from the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. My dad was in the backseat, and to keep… Continue reading By This Kind of Hard Work
The other day I texted one of my friends, who happens to be black, just to say “hi” and check in. She’s one of my closest friends and we communicate multiple times a week, with seldom a week going by where we don’t see each other at least once. She said she was “OK” and… Continue reading Not Knowing What to Say
Last September my family and I took a trip to Colorado for my brother’s wedding. It was a big, long, and expensive (for us!) trip. Earlier in the year, I put money aside from our tax return in order to pay for the trip. However, while we were out there, I couldn’t help but get… Continue reading He Has Already Provided
Life is weird right now, isn’t it?! Many of our routines have been upended and we are being forced to adapt to new habits. And just as we are suddenly spending less time with certain people, we are forced to spend more time with others! But this sudden quantity of time doesn’t necessarily mean quality. … Continue reading Living with Lemonade Instead of Lemons
“Can I go to Grammy’s house and vacuum her stairs?” One of my boys asked me. “Well you could vacuum our stairs…” I reply, taking note of all the crushed leaves and sock lint littering the flight. “No…I just want to vacuum her stairs…can you text her to see if I can come over?” I… Continue reading Who Owns It?