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May 26, 2021
A Word to Graduates

Middle School is officially in the rearview mirror.  Everybody finished, everybody survived, and I don't just mean the eighth graders. Many years ago, I was invited to speak at the continuation ceremony of a class of eighth graders, a special crew who had gotten their start in my kindergarten classroom.  They're all well into adulting […]

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January 29, 2021
For the One Who Is Exhausted

There are so many things that are difficult about being a person right now. There is what there has always been, And there is a long list of what has never been before. There are the dishes in the sink, And there are the cereal boxes left open on the bottom shelf of the pantry. […]

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October 26, 2020
The *Life on Purpose* Summit: A Free Event

Do you want to live your life on purpose? I am honored to partner with a terrific team of authors, speakers, teachers, and podcasters for a free event next week: The Life on Purpose Summit Learn how to find your purpose and recognize your significance without adding one more commitment or service project to your agenda with […]

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September 29, 2020
On Dating the Daughters

"Mom, I asked her to be my girlfriend. But don't worry - I talked to her dad already." "You asked her dad?" Peter and I exchanged silent glances, since "asking the dad" isn't something we had coached this young man to do. There are a few gifts born from my sons watching my own love […]

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June 5, 2020
"... but I don't know what to say."

When my family goes away for a bit, things fall to pieces. When we got on the cruise ship in March, it was still safe to travel.  When we got off the ship, the pandemic had hit, and we barely made it home.  Everything had changed.  Schools were closing, small businesses were sinking, and nobody […]

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January 20, 2020
A Time to Disobey

"This is one of my favorite days," he said. He's the principal of my sons' middle school, and he was hosting the Honor Roll Assembly. Each student would receive a public affirmation, a firm handshake, and a certificate. We parents are the lucky ones - the real winners.  We get the coveted sticker for the […]

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June 17, 2019
French Toast, Ice Cream, and Real Men

Nine Things I Learned from My Dad: 1. If you're going to get in trouble at school, let it be for talking too much to all of your many friends. Sociable is not a bad thing. 2. When putting together an outfit, choose the least noticeable color in the busier item, and make that your […]

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May 9, 2019
Sam the Friendship Dog

“Is he a police dog?” “No, he’s a friendship dog.” “Why is he here?” “We brought him to your school to see if anybody would like to pet him. Maybe somebody needs a friend today.” “I do. I need a friend.” “Then Sam is here to see you.” We brought our pal Sam to some […]

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November 7, 2018
Confidence Lessons

My father used to give this advice to my sister and me as we were preparing to go out on a date. "Turn.  Let me see you," he would say approvingly. "You look beautiful." Then he would add the words he always said before we went out--words that every daughter needs a father to say: […]

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September 10, 2018
Rites of Passage: Cop, Coach, Consultant

This morning, my oldest boy turned thirteen, and my younger boy boarded the bus for three days at Outdoor Ed. I mean, I'm the mom who celebrates all the milestones and every little step toward independence, but even I have to say… it was a lot for one day. I watched each one blend into […]

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August 11, 2018
My Love to You, Chicago.

A few months ago, I was invited to speak at Willow Creek, a megachurch in Chicago. I've long admired and loved Willow from afar, as a lot of the greatest leaders and most effective pastors I know have learned from the leaders on their stage. And there I was, on the phone to talk about […]

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June 11, 2018
When "ish" is Enough

I sent two boys off to summer camp this morning. One boy was locked and loaded, ready for every single thing about this adventure.  The other boy was "ish."  "Ish" is the answer he has given me every time I have asked him if he's ready, excited, or packed.  "Eh. Ish." I suspect that he's […]

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May 4, 2018
Interruptions, Highlights, and a GREAT New Podcast

Sometimes the internet keeps me in touch with you. And sometimes it's a big interruption in our conversation. I understand we got interrupted. My email subscription has been down for a bit. A few months, actually. You may not have noticed, or you may have thought I stopped writing. But no, here I was, prattling […]

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June 24, 2017
The Day Seth Godin Congratulated Me on Writing a Bestseller

Bustling through the Denver International Airport, I followed Peter into the Tattered Cover to see if they carried You Can Do This. (It's a joy to be married to one who champions my writings and believes, "yes, of course, we will see it in this bookstore. And every bookstore. They're fools not to carry it! […]

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June 8, 2017
Watch for Life's Home Run Hitters

Tucker hit a home run last night. I nearly lost my voice and my mind, watching my player round the bases and slide right into home.  Watching Peter coach him at third base, rounding his arm to signal our boy to run straight home.  Go, go, go. I sure didn't know I was a baseball […]

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May 23, 2017
Happy for How Long?

Want to be happy for an hour? Have a steak dinner. Want to be happy for a day? Play a round of golf. Want to be happy for a week? Go on a cruise. Want to be happy for a month? Buy a new car. Want to be happy for a year? Win the lottery. […]

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March 28, 2017
Grit and Swagger

Thats all there is, girls. I'll raise my glass to that.

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February 28, 2017
Noah's Details: Just Start.

Did you know that God brought all of the animals to Noah? Because maybe I missed that day of Sunday school, or maybe it just never occurred to me to connect those dots, but I guess I missed that detail along the way. I think I always thought that Noah sent his sons all over […]

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February 10, 2017
Crumpled.

After my years in the classroom, I'm still kind of a junkie for lesson plans, bulletin boards, and great ideas for the classroom.  If I were teaching, I'd do this today. "Take out a blank piece of paper.  Lay it on your desk.  See how perfect it is?  Flat, straight, unmarked, undamaged. Now crumple it […]

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September 27, 2016
The Belong Tour: I'm a Conference Junkie

You have to know that I’m a conference junkie. I’m a 100% auditory learner, which is maybe an exaggeration since I do most of my learning through books, but still. I’m a lecture-lover at my core. Talk to me with your stories and your bullet points and your sound bytes of glorious quotability, and I […]

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