I looked Sheryl in the eye, face to face with her weather-worn skin, and with despair dripping from my voice I confessed, “I can’t do this. I can’t do motherhood. […]


I read her text message and smiled. Sometimes you tell a friend about a struggle and that friend listens, offers some advice, maybe even prays for you, and then never […]

Beauty and wisdom

Sometimes life hands us incredibly full seasons, and our own Melissa Michaels is in the midst of one of those right now. We hope you’ll join us in praying for […]


People do strange things sometimes. At least that’s how it seems until you find out why. While in college, I found it odd that a childhood friend visited my family […]


Sunday afternoons are messy at our house. And I like them that way. (If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed). We’ve usually let the weekend play around us […]


Sometimes, around our boisterous dinner table, I wonder if we’re doing anything well, if we’re doing this parenting thing okay. I wonder what our boys will remember: the millionth time […]


I stood on tiptoe to kiss my son’s cheek, before he headed back to college after spring break, and then gave his hair a tug. “I won’t miss you,” I […]


I left home at the age of seventeen to come to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student. During the year I had a few moments of homesickness — a […]