MLK Day and suppertime talks about race

MLK Day and suppertime talks about race

It’s Martin Luther King Day! Our family drove a U-Haul into Abilene, Texas around Martin Luther King Day 16 years ago after living nearly 10 years in Latin America. I’m sure I didn’t even know about the holiday because I was focused on moving boxes, naked windows and...
3 Tips for the family in changing seasons

3 Tips for the family in changing seasons

It’s my turn in the backseat. We’re halfway home on an 18-hour road trip back to West Texas from the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Our college sons are in the front now—one drives while the other plays the music. I’m enjoying the scenery from the back. The pear trees...
2 Tips for a tender heart in the holidays

2 Tips for a tender heart in the holidays

Last night our Sunday night group went around the circle and “checked in”. That’s one of our ways of letting each other know how we are doing and helps us pray for each other in the upcoming week. We call it “SASHET” – we choose an emotion that matches one of the...
Parenting Counter Culturally – 3 Ways It’s Good to be Different

Parenting Counter Culturally – 3 Ways It’s Good to be Different

Our family lived in a foreign country for nearly 10 years between Costa Rica and Venezuela. We knew what it was like to stand out as foreigners because as much as we tried to fit in, we never fully did. All I had to do was speak and my accent gave me away—as if my...
Aging Well

Aging Well

“She’s aging well, isn’t she? Her gray hair, her smile.” I was visiting my Dad in Baton Rouge last October and joined his Monday night dinner group. Each person sitting at the table was special to me because I’ve known them since I was a little girl. They were my...
Checklist for the empty nest

Checklist for the empty nest

It’s an unusual time in the GreenHouse because we have all three sons with us right now. I’m loving it, but I’ve got some work to do before they all disperse as the fall semester begins. Especially because Lucas, our youngest, moves into the dorms next week. I...