I had a hard time rooting for Allie. Truthfully, I had a hard time rooting for any of the characters. A lot of the book seemed stereotypical and predictable but then (after finishing) I realized it’s categorized as young adult fiction, a detail that likely would have made [...]
If I were to start the Race again, I’d keep track of how many hours I’ve spent on busses this year. Coach busses, school busses, minibuses. We’ve hung out for far too long in each one of them.
In Peru, we spent three nights in one week on coach busses—the following week included a 42-hour [...]
Dear Mr. Michael Sanders in Sacramento,
I met your sponsored child, Ricardo, this week. He’s a really nice boy. He’s going to graduate soon and is studying marketing. His favorite part is making commercials.
I wish you could know Ricardo the way I got to know him that afternoon. You have helped raise a fine [...]
The following is a collection of the ridiculous and ridiculously profound things heard throughout the month of August. Enjoy!
Karen: Toes are so funny. They’re like fringe for your body.
Jennifer Rothschild: Being willing to thank God doesn’t mean you ignore what bothers you. It just means you are willing to look beyond what bothers [...]
All of our parents are still married. All five of us would say we grew up in a Christian home.
Yet not a single one of us could remember the last time our parents prayed over us.
“I’m sure they prayed for me,” we all said, “but praying with me wasn’t part of my childhood.”
I put a mesh bag full of two-weeks worth of laundry on the sink already heaping full of mesh bags from my squadmates.
I couldn’t help but laugh as I made eye contact with the two women in charge of hand-washing this heap.
“There’s a mountain of laundry!” I said.
They laughed too. “No problem. [...]
To the Dreamers,
The world is full of dreamers.
We want to write books. We want to open cafes. We want to record music.
We want to have large families, full passports, and farms in the middle of nowhere.
Each one of us has a different dream.
And each time I hear someone dream aloud, [...]
21. Every Bush is Burning by Brandon Clements
An English teacher told me years ago that the best novels are the ones where you have to read then re-read the first 75 percent to truly get everything. Every Bush is Burning fits. I think Darrell Vesterfelt said it best when the Prodigal team [...]
The following is our monthly collection of ridiculous and ridiculously profound things encountered in life.
Karen: It’s not his first, second, or third language. Well, I guess it’s his third if you’re not counting tongues.
Jack: What’s that in the upper left-hand corner?
Genevieve: That’s Jackie’s face.
John Eldredge: Story [...]
I stepped through the gate of our property when I saw them on the right side of our house. I smiled to myself.
Those two children live in a small house in the shadow of ours behind the same fence so they pretend all the land is theirs.
Except this morning they weren’t running through [...]
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