Sabbatical * Hiatus * Furlough



Crater Lake. June 2014.

Have you ever heard that old saying, If you have too many irons in the fire, you might smother the flames? 

Me neither, to tell you the truth. I think I just made it up. But it has the vapid air of a platitude, doesn’t it?

It feels true, all the same. I have projects that need my attention. And I like the things that happen when I tend to my projects.

For example,  I’m thrilled to be included in an anthology that’s coming out any minute now from InterVarsity Press. It’s called Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption by Emily P. Freeman, Sarah Bessey, Trillia Newbell and more and the inimitable Cara Sexton put it together. I got to sit at the cool kids’ table! This volume includes work by a whole bunch of amazing writers. And me.

I’m taking a blogging sabbatical/hiatus/furlough. One reason is so I can tend those other irons in the fire before they kill the flames. Another reason is so I can stave off giving up from sheer spread-too-thinnedness.

Have a beautiful/blessed/bountiful summer and I will be back here way before you miss me. 

rabbit conga

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

 Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Grandfamilies: On Trust

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Cadence and His Rob-Daddy. July 2011. Las Vegas. Picture your family relationships like a stack of blocks. And we’re not talking about the orderly stacking that results in pyramids or little models of the White House. Oh, no. This stack is haphazard. You didn’t select your children’s personalities, did you? If we could, then maybe we […]

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Grandfamilies: Summer Goodness

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Even filling the pool is a blast when you’re not quite four. Cadence, 2010.  Yesterday marked the official beginning of summer. Now, it may be that you know exactly when summer begins because the kids are home from school or the light hits your garden just so or the tomatoes take on that amazing flavor that […]

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Grandfamilies: Right Things

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Ayden, Cadence, Rich, Me. March Field Air Museum. June 2016. Photo: Rodney G. Seiler How can one weekend hold so much pain?  From private tragedy to slaughter that devastates us all, this past weekend was a tough one. What can we hang on to when terror and hate spew from a rifle? How do we keep […]

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Grandfamilies: Wreckage


One Big Mess. Trabuco Canyon Road. December 2010. A quick way to learn how little you know is to begin sharing your thoughts on a topic with people. I’ve been writing about relationships in families that are both blended and extended for some time now, but a recent email from a reader sent me straight to […]

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