come talk to me when it’s time to pick a best friend

choosing a best friend

I was helping my best friend clean out her basement recently. We do this every couple of years: she hoards a basement full of stuff and I get to come over and help her organize it. And by "organize it" I mostly mean I tell her to throw it all away. Nothing makes me happier than throwing stuff … [Read More...]

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

weekend read: Thirteen Reasons Why…

I originally got this book to use as a read aloud for my classroom. Let's just say, I'm glad I changed my mind. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is heartbreaking and hopeful at … [Read More...]

quote for running

the joy of the Lord is my strength @#$%^…

I have been running a lot lately. All the running culminates tomorrow with my third half marathon in four weeks. I've been training since January and, frankly, I'm ready for a … [Read More...]

where to camp this summer 1

where to camp this summer…

The Grahams love to camp. We get out two to three times each year, trying a new place each time. And as the girls get older, we're getting more adventurous and braving longer trips … [Read More...]

The Husband's Secret by Laine Moriarty

weekend read: The Husband’s Secret…

I can't stop talking about this book. Have you read The Husband's Secret by Laine Moriarty yet? Stop everything and go get it right now. I'll wait... The story starts out … [Read More...]

the jealous follow

the jealous follow…

I love social media. I love other people's cute kid pics. I love seeing light-filled kitchens and delicious meals. I love when friends share funny or embarrassing stories. I … [Read More...]

Ellie writing

notes from my daughter…

I am raising a writer. I didn't know it until lately though. Coincidentally, she just recently learned how to write. So that seems about right. Or write, perhaps. Sometime in my … [Read More...]

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan

weekend read: Songs for the Missing…

I can't believe I finished this book. I haven't read one this boring in quite some time. I'll keep this short and as painless as possible. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan … [Read More...]

Screeching for Jesus 0

screeching for Jesus…

This morning on the way to work I was going full-out concert mode with the radio. I was hitting the high notes, I was hitting the low notes, and I was hitting all the choreographed … [Read More...]

how to have a girls' club 0

how to have a girls’ club…

I am in love with the idea of close girlfriends. Movies, books, and TV shows make it seem so fun and easy. But in my life, it's not that easy. It's actually really hard to have … [Read More...]

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

weekend read: Small Victories…

I have a love/hate relationship with Anne Lamott. Sometimes I read her writing and I'm encouraged. Other times I read it and she just annoys me. Sorry if that's harsh--I know … [Read More...]