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Snapshots of Winter9

Snapshots of Walking in Winter

Snapshots of Walking in Winter in Illinois + Musings From My Wanderings Several years ago I wrote the following Richard Rohr quote on an index card and hung it up in the kitchen of the apartment we were renting. In order to live your soul into the world, you must continually loosen your beliefs about …

Be Still and Know Yoga Class Sequence

Be Still

Be Still and Know: A Restorative Yoga Class Sequence + Spiritual Practice Back in June, as part of my Yoga Teacher Training, I taught a yoga class that is hosted by area churches called Be Still and Know. Be Still and Know is a restorative yoga class that is both gentle movement and spiritual practice. …

Tarland, Chasing Daylight, Before you and With you, Scotland Walks, Aberdeenshire

Before You and With You

Me: “Who wants a mince pie?” Ben: “I do!” Simon: “No, thank you.” Mary Polly: “Nope.” Me: “You might want to try them this year. This could be our last Christmas to have mince pies.” The replies come back all at once: “Don’t say that!” “No!” “Shhh!” It is the question we are asked most often …

Tune My Heart Poster, Come Thou Fount, Watercolor

Tune My Heart

Hi friends, A couple of weeks ago we sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing in church, a song which I have long loved. It has always been my sister’s favorite hymn, and lately it is Mary Polly’s as well. The phrase “prone to wander” always grabs me, but this time around I held to …

Whitney Loibner Chinos in Switzerland 2014

20 years

On New Year’s Eve, Taido and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. This amazes me on so many levels. 20 years? Didn’t we both just turn 20? But then we watched the video recording of our wedding with my entire family and indeed, there we were, 20 years younger. All kinds of bad hair and …

Beauty from Ashes

Beauty from Ashes Twelve years ago today, we received one of those phone calls you never want to get. A family friend called from Switzerland to let Taido know that his father had tragically drowned trying to recover his daughter, Maya, who had also drowned. Maya, Taido’s half-sister, was five years old at the time, …

A Story about My Church

A Story about My Church

My home church in Arkansas, the one I grew up in and that my Daddy preaches at, is celebrating being a church for 30 years this June. In honor of that anniversary, they are telling 30 Days of Stories. Today I wrote one. I would love for you to go and read it. Cheers!  

A Story about Music, let me tell you a story

A Story about Music

One of the wonderful surprises about art is how the forms reach out and speak to those who have no official knowledge or learning about the art form itself. You don’t have to be a painter to love a painting. And while it is almost certain that if I had some experience as a painter, …

A Story about Lent, Walking in the Light

A Story about Lent

Giving Things Up: A Story about Lent The thing about giving up something for Lent is that it is sometimes hard, especially for children, to not make the thing you’ve given up the focus of one’s attention. I think the point of giving something up during this season is to make more space for God. …

A Story about Being Needy, walking in the dark

A Story about Being Needy

What kind of images come to mind when you hear the word needy? Is there a certain name that pops up on your phone that makes you hesitant to answer? Is it the person in your life who takes more from you than they give? More money, more time, more energy. The word draining is …

A Story about Depression, Walking Towards the Light, Stories

A Story about Depression

I’m still trying to tell stories on Tuesdays, so in January I told a few stories about Walking Towards The Unexpected. For the month of February I am writing about Walking in the Dark. Because I was trying to choose a happier theme. (sarcasm) Actually, if I didn’t feel light in my heart today, I …

Facing Fear

Facing Fear The chalkboard art in my room is currently inspired by a quote I heard from an interview with Brene Brown, (h/t Donna Hall for introducing me to Brene Brown, showing me the Podcast app on my phone and changing my life forever in the midst of a late night painting frenzy!) Here’s the …

Serve Moore, Tornado Relief, Ten Dollar Tuesday, Tornado, Oklahoma

Serve Moore

Last week, I went to Moore, Oklahoma and saw with my own eyes the path of destruction left by recent tornadoes. It was like nothing I have ever seen before in person. Since being there, even more tornadoes have come through the area. Our work day was organized by a group from Starbucks, and since …

radio silence, quiet, media fast, seven

Month 4: Radio Silence {Seven}

We are about halfway through Month 4 of this crazy little mutiny against excess, as Jen Hatmaker calls it in her book. A group of us started strong in February eating only seven foods for one month. (really, really hard) Then we wore seven items of clothing in March. (easy peasy) Then in April we …

Mother's Day, Grandmother, Mother, Compassion on Mother's Day

Compassion on Mother’s Day

  Having Compassion on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day always sneaks up on me, but it slapped me hard across the face this week when my mom said something about how my Grandmother always would take us all out for pizza on Mother’s Day. While she was talking, I realized that this will be the first …

seven: an experimental mutiny against excess, reading, cute coffee mug, jen hatmaker book,

Month 3: Seven Possessions

Well, today is the end of Month 3 of Seven. If you’ve been here for a while, you know that I am participating with a group of girls in following Jen Hatmaker’s challenge to take on seven areas of excess in our lives in seven months. This month was Possessions, in which the goal was …

A Cup of Tea with A Side of Prayer

 I just need a couple of hours to myself. Do you ever feel that way? Since Spring Break, it feels like we have been in catch up mode.  Since my husband works at a church, sometimes Holy Week is really busy.  I have to be super intentional to pay attention on Easter Weekend or sometimes …