Jan 7, 2014

Giving Your Family Leftovers

"Cat's in the Cradle" is a song about a busy father who keeps putting off being with his son until he finds the time. Years pass, and one day the son cannot find time for his father. My friend, Dave, told me about the moment his wife confronted him about...Read more +
Jan 7, 2014

Unwanted Transitions: Finding Normal after Loss

On Thanksgiving morning, I was chatting in my friend’s kitchen as she sautéed onions and celery for the dressing. We discussed which Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix to dump in—the cornbread or the savory white bread cubes. I live in cornbread dressing country now, but my people used white bread, Nickles...Read more +
Jan 1, 2014

Healthy Families Take Work: The Best of 2013 Family

“If your site is about faith and work, why do you talk so much about family?” This is a question we get a lot, and it comes out of our culture’s narrow definition of work. Too many people think work only means Dilbert and The Office and Homer Simpson eating...Read more +
Dec 27, 2013

Seven Ways to Lead People Older than You

I continue to be in a position where people older than me, with more experience than I have. When a person is older they likely have different needs and expectations from their leader and the organization. They may need different benefits, work schedules, and even leadership styles, depending on their...
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Dec 25, 2013

The Joyful Work of Remembering God's Gift

It’s December 25, 2009. My son is just over a month old in his blue booties, the ones I bought this summer in Italy when I went to Lake Como for a writer’s conference. And I feel like Hannah. Aiden is my miracle child, the one we’ve been praying for...Read more +
Dec 20, 2013

The Gift of Loving Polly: Parenting a Special Needs Child

We went back to Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and then it seemed like I blinked and we were decorating for our first Christmas in Chicago. Our two-story house with slanted, old wooden floors and tall ceilings was ready for the holidays. One day, a couple weeks before...Read more +
Dec 19, 2013


Recall a Christmas when your entire life seemed to wait for one never-to-be-forgotten present. For me it was a tennis racket. My parents had great fun presenting it to me that Christmas morning. I remember it so vividly. But the greatest Christmas gift—for everyone—is Christ himself . As a child...Read more +
Dec 12, 2013

Christmas and the Idolatry of Consumerism

I’ve been Christmas shopping online and watching as boxes seem to magically appear on my front stoop. Hey, anything to keep from battling the crowds at the malls! I’ve been enjoying times with my family as we watch our favorite shows on our flat screen TV (my kids have just...Read more +
Dec 11, 2013

Losing the Sabbath

Our first three-day holiday weekend living in Switzerland was the worst. We sat around eating bowls of dry cereal that tasted like sawdust, while the kids cast mournful glances at the refrigerator and my husband gave helpful suggestions such as “Maybe you should stock up on food in advance. You...Read more +