5 Friday Findings: Haiti Orphanages, Modesty, and Beyond Ordinary

5 Friday Findings: Haiti Orphanages, Modesty, and Beyond Ordinary

Ben Depp for The New York Times On Haiti, Orphanages, and Orphans with Families: The New York Times wrote a fantastic piece on the many orphanages in Haiti that are full of children WITH one or more LIVING parent.  Emily Brennan writes in “Trying to Close Orphanages Where Many Aren’t Orphaned at All”: “Of the roughly 30,000 children in … Read More

Westmont Homecoming

Westmont Homecoming

This.  This is where I went to college.  It was beautiful.  Exquisite, actually.  The beach on one side of town.  The Santa Barbara mountains on the other.  I could walk, rollerblade, bike, run beside the waves in the morning.  And I could hike in the hills in the afternoon.  And I would learn on a campus like this, reading books on … Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Phenom, The Invasion, and the Preparation

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Phenom, The Invasion, and the Preparation

Last week a group of baseball moms stood chatting Fifty.  Fifty Shades of Grey, that is.  Last night, while getting my hair cut, I overheard a salon of women talking Fifty. At the park, some women discussing Fifty. Unless you’ve been in hiding, you’ve heard of the phenom that is ‘mommy porn.’  Fifty Shades of … Read More

Africa Adoption Children’s Book and My First Giveaway!

Africa Adoption Children’s Book and My First Giveaway!

I’m super excited to introduce you to a book written by my friend Peter Greer (and Christina Kyllonen) called Mommy’s Heart Went Pop!  Peter is the President of Hope International, an adoptive father, and author of The Poor Will Be Glad.  Mommy’s Heart Went Pop is a sweet children’s book (and beautifully illustrated!) showing a white family going … Read More

Giving God Your Anything

Giving God Your Anything

My friend Lindsey Nobles (whose blog you should follow, if you don’t already) tipped me off to a new book.  It’s written by a woman named Jennie Allen, and it’s called Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul.  Ladies, do yourself a favor and go buy this book.  Jennie is a pastor’s … Read More

The Hunger Games and What They Might Teach Us About Today’s Culture

The Hunger Games and What They Might Teach Us About Today’s Culture

Did you read The Hunger Games?  Whatever your opinion about the series–whether you read it, enjoyed it, hated it, are morally repulsed by it, or find Katniss sexy and powerful–the popularity of The Hunger Games and its second-cousin twice removed, the Twilight series, have me wondering. What do the Hunger Games and Twilight teach us about today’s culture, … Read More