May 17, 2014

Dancing With the Stars


Last Friday afternoon I had just landed in Minneapolis and my friend, Candace Cameron Bure, texted to ask if I would fly to Los Angeles to shoot a segment with her for Dancing With the Stars. Monday was going to be icon night on the show. The five semi-finalists were inviting icons/influencers to come and give them encouragement.

My very first thought was, I need to send Candace a list of really great people she can invite to do this. Big name people. I’ll call people who know people. I love this girl and I want her to have the right icon for her semi-final night.

My second thought was,  […]

Sep 21, 2013

52 Things Kids Need From a Mom


This weekend I had the great, great joy of speaking to moms at LifeWay’s dotMOM Conference in Chattanooga, TN.

In Friday’s break-out session, I spent an hour with some very fun moms covering a few of the topics in my book called, 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom. For the session, I printed the 52 chapter titles from the book to give to each of the ladies, but ran out of copies. They asked me to post those titles and I promised them I would. […]

Aug 6, 2013

Life Lessons From Mama


White, half-runner beans.

Not pole beans. Not wax beans. And for goodness sake, not those skinny, little French beans. According to my mama, the only bean worth an afternoon of stringing and snapping are the locally grown, white half-runner beans. As far as I can tell, mama was right. I guess I’ve eaten green beans all over this world, and not one of them has ever tasted as good as the half-runners mama cooked and canned for our family. Course, mama was right about a lot of other things too. I can still hear her talking to me as clear as day: […]

Feb 18, 2013

Another Writer Speaks to My Insecurities


I recently came across this post by Sally Lloyd-Jones, so I copied a portion here. Her words spoke to me and I hope they speak to you as well.
I used to think my self-doubt and insecurity about writing were signs of my profound humility. It felt noble and heroic to be this full of agonizing […]