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Book Review – A Mile Wide

The phrase “a mile wide and an inch deep” was first used in 1889 to describe a river in the western United States that was rendered useless for navigation due to of its lack of depth. According to Brandon Hatmaker in his upcoming new book A Mile Wide, the phrase ...
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Happy First Birthday bumblebird!

And so, here we are! It's been one whole year since I started this adventure known as bumblebird. It's amazing to me that only one year ago I was looking ahead to the Fall and wondering where I would be, and really, who I would be, when all three of ...
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Why You’re Qualified To Discuss Theology, Too

“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the ...
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Why You’re Not As Humble As You Think

If you've ever watched a celebrity awards show I'm sure you've seen it happen; the winner clutches her hefty new prize and, with tears in her eyes, leans into the microphone to announce, “I'm so humbled to be receiving this award!” Right there. That's where she lost me. How can anyone be ...
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Why I’m Searching For Meaning This Easter

It's inevitable at Christmastime that you'll hear all about how the Season has become too commercialized. Those who are concerned about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas are at odds with the stress created by the busyness of the season and, of course, the overspending. But I rarely hear similar ...
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What’s Happening Around bumblebird

Bumblebird blog is now about ten months old. Since it's beginning, I've realized there is much more to blogging than just writing. I've learned a lot about things that only a year ago I didn't have the slightest familiarity with; CSS coding, plug-ins, widgets, and hyperlinks, to name a few ...
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Why We Need More Messy Christians

When someone drops by your house unexpectedly, how much does it bother you to have baskets of unwashed laundry sitting around and a sink full of dirty dishes? Are you embarrassed at having your mess on display or are you able to shrug it off? What about when you visit other ...
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Simple Ways To Connect With Others

I'm an introvert. I love spending time alone and don't tolerate consistent loud noise and super busy days very well. But after I quit my full-time job to stay home with my two young children, I was surprised to find that the lack of daily contact with other adults made ...
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Why You Can’t Buy Gratitude At The Dollar Store

“It might sound simplistic, but I believe the cure to our kids wanting more starts with teaching them to be thankful for what they already have. “ -Kristen Welch, Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World When my oldest son was two years old, going anywhere with him was a nightmare ...
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Book Review – The Sound of Gravel

As her mother's fourth child and her father's thirty-ninth, Ruth Wariner is only a few months old when her father is brutally murdered. Ruth's mother becomes the second wife of a selfish, vile man in the polygamist Mexican colony in which the family lives and eventually gives birth to several ...
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Inspiration For The New Year

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis And so, we've done it. We've finished out one year and come to the start of the next. I hope that this past year has been a good one. That you've learned some new ...
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In Waiting, Hope Is Found

For the last few years, I have done an Advent calendar for my kids that included a Bible verse for each day. The verse is usually one of the “nice” ones, focusing on Jesus' birth or how much God loves us. But this year, I've been thinking more about the ...
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The Blessings in Open Spaces and Dropped Things

I was standing around with some other moms at my kids' school one day this week when one mom asked the group, “Are you all ready for Christmas?” To which the other moms replied that they had so much to do still and only two weeks left! We all felt ...
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The Problem With Kindness

Some of my kids' friends like to show up unannounced at our house when they are looking for someone to play with. At first it was great, it was summertime and my kids were bored and suddenly there would be someone to hang out with. But soon enough the friends ...
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