In which I link you up (vol 1.5)

First, I need to thank everyone who emailed me or commented on this post with their hard and/or good stories of being a woman in the church. I was overwhelmed by your response. (I am trying to personally respond to each of you.) I’m not sure how or if they will show up in the book, but gracious, you all made me cry, you made me mad, you made me rejoice. We’re part of a good company. What a gift to do life together!

Now: gather something good to sip, and enjoy my favourite stops of the week past.

Link Love


So you wanna be a missionary….? by Jamie the Very Worst Missionary

Dear Genevieve by Katherine Wills Pershey for Any Day A Beautiful Change

Give Up Giving Up by Danielle for Rookie Mag

I’ve Started Telling My Daughters I’m Beautiful by Amanda for Offbeat Families

Not Another Modesty Post by Emily Maynard for Prodigal Magazine

Chasing After the Heart of God by Jennie Allen (this is actually a video for Jennie’s new study – she’s the real deal and I love her.)

Can Stories Really Change the World? by Chris Marlow for Jeff Goins

Christian Pizza by Michael Gungor “Art that is laden with heavy messages can feel like soulless propaganda.”

I was in beauty pageants as a kid by Karen Kataline for Daily Life

Shame is a Prison, and I’m Breaking Out by Joy Bennett of Joy in this Journey

to the girl who wants a boy for Christmas by Antonia Terrazzas at Stuff Antonia Says

A Merry Little Evangelical Christmas by Addie Zierman for How to Talk Evangelical

When Sarah Bessey leaves a supportive comment on your post by When in Comments – (You get a comment! You get a comment! You get a comment! EV-ERY-BODY! GETS! A! COMMENT!)


My own most-read post

In which the kingdom of God is also a small family leading worship ::

So my children lead worship right alongside of the grown-ups, and their mama reads Scripture right alongside of the men, and their dad is the one who willingly gave up his own time in the lead, for the joy of giving his most-loved-ones a chance to worship out loud, too.


Build a school today, transform a community forever

We’re into Phase 8 of our Haiti school building project, which is all for the interior furnishings (desks, blackboards, books, pens, pencils, all of it). We’re so close to FULLY FUNDED entirely, I can hardly believe it.

If you can participate or want to spread the word to your own circle, here’s the info.

Picture of the Week

Well, it’s not an Instagram of the tinies as usual, so I apologise.  A few months ago, right before I left for Haiti, we went to Idelette’s 40th Birthday party (yes, the same Idelette of SheLoves Magazine fame, she’s a dear friend). I’ll let the incomparable Tina Francis, photographer and wordsmith, explain the night: Think: semi-formal Shabbat dinner + Chef Leminh Nguyen’s global eclectic menu + brilliant friends doling out generous helpings of mascara-smearing blessings + decadent conversation on tap.

Tina took photos of the night and I was so happy to see a few of me and Brian! We are rarely in pictures together these days, and we had such a wonderful evening with our friends. You can see the entire evening’s gorgeous photography here – this is what I think heaven must feel like sometimes, people from everywhere, good conversation, good wine, good food, and laughter-with-tears.

Weekend Meditation

“You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God’s sake! Arthur, I’ve been going to a therapist for three years, and she’s never explained anything to me that well. That was brilliant. Brutal, but brilliant.” – Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) in “The Holiday”

And if anyone needs me this weekend, I’ll be watching “Love Actually” my other-favourite-Christmas-romance-movie. Which lead us to the new feature, just for fun….


Question of the Weekend


What is your own favourite never-get-tired-of-it Christmas movie?


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  • A

    thank you for including an article from Rookie!!

  • Natasha

    My favourite must-watch every year Christmas movie is Charlie Brown Christmas!

    • Christie Esau

      I second that! :)

  • antoniaterrazas

    “And if you look under your seats, you’ll find a comment!!”

    Thank you so much for the link love, SB.

    And I can watch the Muppets Christmas Carol all day. And listen to the soundtrack.

  • HopefulLeigh

    Love that movie! My favorite is still White Christmas. But I also have to watch Elf.

  • Christie Esau

    It’s a tie between the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Both are still nestled away in my Mom’s house on seriously over-used VHS tapes.

    Those Tina Francis photos are beautiful, by the way. Especially the you + Brian ones. You’re just glowing.

  • Dayna

    My never-get-tired-of-it Christmas movie is “The Family Man.” Love it to pieces!

  • Jillie

    ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ and ‘THE CHRISTMAS STORY’ with Peter Billingsley!!! Hilarious every.single.year!!!

  • Katherine Willis Pershey

    I’m far more into Christmas music than Christmas movies. I can’t even think of one off the top of my head. Except It’s a Wonderful Life… which I have never actually seen.

    I was all honored and giddy about being included on your link list for about 35 seconds on Friday, and then — well, you know.

  • Kimberley B.

    I love, love, love A Muppet’s Christmas carol. My brother, sister and I have watched every year we are together on Christmas eve. A 20 year long tradition!

    OK… honorable mentions, and always watched this time of year: Charlie Brown, Elf, Grinch, The Holiday, Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping. Somewhere in there will be White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Troll Prince, Veggie Tales… Ok, I’ll stop now. I’m pretty sure I have a problem! :)