penelope.

My little sister Hannah is 5 months pregnant right now with my already adorable niece, lyla ray. When we first found out she was pregnant, we were obviously thrilled and after we remotely came down from baby high, we all dove head first into the name game. And that’s always an interesting conversation. Not because you’re coming [...]

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failures of kindness.

George Saunders recently delivered a really wonderful graduation speech at Syracuse University this year, and it was so great the New York Times recently published it. His speech had this wonderful balance or wisdom, intellect, and humor and what was most intriguing was how it centered around this one theme :: KINDNESS :: You can read the speech [...]

what helped me become.

“Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. But to grow up, to take responsibility for the time you take up, and the space you occupy, to honor every living person for his or [...]

Dads: Be Doers

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and he let me watch him do it.” Clarence Kelland Nearly every morning I experience the same thing. It’s like clockwork. I run down the stairs (usually because im running late), Murphy our gigantic goldendoodle meets me at the bottom and kindly leans into me expected to get [...]

inviting adventure: a book review

I grew up loving and thriving off of adventure and my imagination. I remember being 7 or 8 and adoring the National Geographic magazine. Maybe I couldn’t fully read every article but the photos were what I loved. I always thought about the people who got to take those pictures. What amazing adventures and stories [...]

Paul Tripp on The Distortion of Envy.

im a big paul tripp fan. i love his intermingling of theology and psychology, it attacks you from all angles but  in a really good and tender way. i read this article of his on Envy almost a year ago when he wrote it and it has remained a source of self-evaluation for me from that moment  forward. [...]

PAIN: a necessary thing.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” –C.S. Lewis There’s a terrible disease we’ve all heard of, but perhaps don’t truly know about. It’s a bacterial disease of the nervous system. [...]