Category: Lipstick & Pearls

It’s OK when holidays blur together

This time of year always seems to blur together for me. Planning costumes for Halloween rolls into Thanksgiving rolls into Christmas rolls into the new year. I used to try to place boundaries on the holidays, but with the work I currently do–writing, particularly about faith–Christmas season begins in October, if not before. In order to study and prepare for […]

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Miscarriage deserves awareness

Seven years ago, I approached my Free Press editor, wondering whether I had written too many times about miscarriage. I thought maybe he would agree with me that, yes, a few times was enough. Rather, he told me the topic was important and I should keep writing. After his encouragement, I have felt free to share many more times about […]

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When will no actually mean no?

Well over a year ago, I found myself reading a blog by a woman I don’t know. I found her blog through an online network of bloggers who come together to support each other’s work. I thought her title and teaser looked fun, so I clicked. As I read more of her words, though, my stomach dropped and my blood […]

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Some storms need more than an umbrella

I took one more peek at the radar on my phone. The two storm cells I was watching looked to split Hillsboro, one to the north and one to the south. My prediction, based on the recent weather pattern, was that Hillsboro would remain dry, even though I could hear the occasional rumble of thunder. Grabbing my plate of seasoned […]

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Family vacation an adventure

On the second day of vacation, I found myself staring into a vast expanse of blue sky, dotted with the occasional cotton-candy cloud. Without context, this is not unusual. I often stare into the sky, enjoying the wonder of it. My kids are used to my instruction to look out a window at a cloud, at color-pairings, at a majestic […]

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Harvest time stirs memories

Part of our life in rural Kansas is harvest. I married the son of a farmer, so summer and fall harvest come with the territory. My mama came from a farming family, so I grew up watching my grandpa and uncle farm as well. It was always so poetic to watch! My grandpa and uncle had a large operation and […]

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Adjustments lead to clarity

Have you ever experienced a moment where it felt like scales were peeled back from your eyes and you could see something with absolute clarity? Or for you “Matrix” fans (not me!) you decide to take the red pill rather than the blue “to see how deep the rabbit trail goes”? A couple weeks ago, I was blessed to see […]

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Taking a seat is a privilege

It’s Sunday evening. We just finished wiping up the last of the crumbs from strawberry cake, once decorated with KC Royals lettering. New packages of an 800-piece Lego set are spread out on the living room floor. Three sweet kids are chattering, with just a tinge of sugar-induced volume. Earlier we sang “Happy Birthday” as 10 candles flickered, family gathered […]

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Taking a risk is worth it

When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was jump out of a moving swing. With a thrill and perhaps a little nervous exhilaration, I would jump from as high as a dared. The sound of passing wind would tickle my ears as I rushed through it on the way to the ground below. And then I […]

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Travel life with a reliable map

My daughter and I recently went on a road trip. As we headed for home, I spoke this phrase into my phone: “Hey Google, navigate to Hillsboro, Kansas.” It responded: “OK. Navigating to Hillsboro, Kansas.” And off we went. For the first few miles, landmarks were relatively familiar, but then we veered. As if it weren’t enough of an adventure […]

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