Introducing Angela Doell – Ellen’s Picks Feature

Remember my word(s) of the year? Beautiful, right? When you walk into my house, you’ll see Angela Doell’s beautiful script reminding me of those words right there on my wall. She not only makes gorgeous art, but she’s fascinating, deep and she loves Jesus. I met Angela through Gather a couple years ago, and […]

On Having an Adoptive Mother’s Heart

In our house, we have a lot of kitchen counter conversations. The kind where you’ve emptied all sorts of bits and pieces of deliciousness out of the fridge, like a cheeseball and crackers or summer sausage or a fruit tray, and stand there snacking while you solve the world’s problems? A couple years ago, […]

Be Still: Word of the Year

I’m a word person (for real, my primary love language is actually words of affirmation), so for the last number of years I’ve picked a personal word of the year. It’s become a spiritual discipline of intentionally focusing on what I believe God is doing in my life, what I pray He will do, […]

On Being Fully Alive {Ellen’s Pick Linkup}


This fall I was scratching out answers on a government form – name, date & place of birth. Standard stuff. Then, gender, to which there were five possible answers, plus an “other” checkbox. We are living in new times, friends. I’m still sorting out what I think about this, especially as the mother of […]