MY BOOK LIVES! New Title, New Release Date (and my favorite stuffed animal) Revealed!


MY BOOK LIVES! (And my teddy bear has a head again.)

Ladies and gentleman, many moons ago I wrote a gut-wrenching, tear-stained post about the death of my highly anticipated (by my Mom and 14 others) book. If you didn’t see it, you can read it here. I wrote about how my favorite teddy bear’s head had been ripped off. (Assuming I actually had a favorite teddy bear, which if I did, I’d never admit. At least, not until the very end of this post.) Continue Reading →

What Is Discipleship?

What does that say? It’s pronounced “di-shipe-uhl-shmip.” I REALLY wanted to make that the name of this entire blog site, but everyone I pitched it to shot me down. I need more humorous friends. They just don’t get it. (If you’re my friend and you’re reading this, I’m NOT talking about you, just everybody else. You have a great sense of humor. I like you. We hate them.)

I think we have a discipleship problem in America, so I’ve decided to dub what we do “dischpleshmip.” At some points we’re close to true discipleship, and at other points, we’re a million miles away.

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How To Be A Woman

A female friend of mine couldn’t read my last blog (How To Be A Man) because she informed me that she did not want to be a man. So, I told her I would write something about how to be a woman. Below you will learn everything I know about what it means to be a real woman: Continue Reading →

5 reasons to write stuff with 5 reasons

As I look through my blog and other blogs, for some reason, the whole list thing seems to be pretty popular. “5 ways to throw your back out in 15 seconds or less,” “19 reasons I don’t care who you vote for,” “8 ways to feed a fish,” “88 reasons Jesus will return in ‘88” (wait, that’s an old one…but it sold a lot of copies, I’m told. But I really wouldn’t know. I was like 10 then). And as I read these titles, even I’m inclined to click on them. Here are 5 reasons I think this is a good idea, labeled with words I just totally made up. Continue Reading →

How to Make Your Idea a Reality

How do we get a concept to become a creation? How do you make your idea a reality? It’s really quite simple. Let me explain.

I’ve been blessed to have people around me who make me look way better than I truly am. I recently hired an Assistant Editor. She is helping me keep up with the little things that so often fall through the cracks. But having such a help has simply highlighted all the things I am absolutely horrible at. Today she listened to the (undisclosed number) of messages that had backed up on my voicemail. I cannot tell you how long it had been since I listened to them, but even the IRS would have complained about the wait time on a return call.

My team and I edit and/or create 11 different age-levels of curriculum every quarter. It’s a job I could NEVER do alone. Yet, many of the names of those who help never make it into the curriculum, so us editors receive a lot more credit than we are due. I am thankful to those who make me look so good with a quality end product.

I’m writing about this because I was reminded of how good a team I am surrounded with when I sent a concept to our graphics department this week.

What you are about to see and read is 100% true. Continue Reading →

Dear 19-Year-Old-Me,

19 yr old me

Dear 19-year-old-me,

Last night I played softball for the first time in several years. It wasn’t pretty. And a friend who’s only slightly older than me went down hard with a pulled hamstring. I was not so unfortunate, although my hamstrings are screaming at me today. Which reminds me, who decided to call them hamstrings? I always picture a bunch of pigs playing stringed instruments when I hear that word—like a piggy string ensemble.

Today I had to take several headshots for some upcoming events. When I had the chance to review them, I was not pleased. I looked old and chubby. What happened to you, 19-year-old-me? When did these wrinkles around my eyes become so pronounced? When did my gut start poking out? When did hair start growing out of my ears and nose at a breakneck speed? When did I start grunting every time I stand up?

When did YOU become ME? Continue Reading →