Category: Lipstick & Pearls

For writer, words are hard

My kids love watching a YouTube channel called Evan and Katelyn, by…Evan and Katelyn. The couple does a mix of crafting, building, experimenting and gaming. On their channel trailer they say they aren’t “experts” in anything, but “hope to show people that making is fun, you don’t have to be perfect, and you can learn a lot if you give […]

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A constant state of becoming

Our house is in a state of becoming. For 3.5 years now—from the moment we got the keys to signify our ownership—we’ve been busy renovating. It’s a slow process for several reasons, but lacking vision isn’t one of them. In my head I can see what it will be, but in reality, our punch list feels a mile long. With […]

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Fiction is not a waste of time

“I don’t waste my time with fiction.” I stared at the professional woman across from me, trying to decide if I should contradict her. Whether or not shock registered on my face, I couldn’t say, but my guess is she could see some fire in my eyes, as I don’t have a great poker face. I opted to keep my […]

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Uncertainty isn’t always bad

Saturday as I sat down to write, the blinking cursor seemed to taunt me as I typed a sentence and deleted it. Typed another sentence and deleted. I began thinking ahead to possibilities for this month’s column the week after I submitted last month’s and yet, there I sat with the blank page and the blinking cursor—only a tabbed indent […]

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Opinion doesn’t always equal knowledge

I had just rolled out of bed and shuffled to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. My son wanted an omelet with cheese and salsa for his breakfast, so after filling my mug, I went to the fridge for a dollop of coffee creamer for me and eggs for my boy. And I stepped in a puddle of water. […]

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Don’t turn away in face of injustice

It was the summer of 2016. I’d just returned from a trip to visit my aunt and uncle in Florida with my mom and my sister. The trip was a small rest between coaching middle and high school track and field and the start of wheat harvest. I was grateful for time at the beach, but aching to get back […]

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Social distance in a spinning world

On May 12, our second-born turned 10. Her birthday was the third quarantine party we’ve had in our family since March. To help make the day special, I had an idea to put a birthday box on our porch for people to put cards and other well-wishes inside. It felt like a risky move because for the last four years, […]

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Writer finds freedom in truth

It took me years to realize I had been duped. While I’m fairly confident it wasn’t on purpose, this catchy Christian cliche, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” had butted against my reality for seemingly my whole life. But professing Christians said it, so it must be true. Right? It wasn’t until I started studying scripture on […]

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People are worth looking foolish for

On April 16, 2009, we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday with a ladybug cake. A few days later, her pediatrician called, explaining that her hemoglobin levels came back “dangerously low” from a routine well-child check. He told us to pack a bag and head to Wichita to the hospital. By the time we were dismissed from that first stay, our […]

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“Think Snow” is a good family motto

On Feb. 12 it snowed. And not just a wimpy snow. An actual good snow. A snow where you could go outside and play. Make a snowman. Make a snow fort. Have a snowball fight. Fall on your belly and not break your teeth. I love snow and have been impatiently waiting all winter for decent accumulation. I know there […]

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