No Better Place For Them…

Last Christmas we gave the boys a copy of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia…with the goal of finishing the whole thing, all 7 books, by the end of 2017.

And last week…we did it!

And it was INCREDIBLE!

I’ve read some of the stories before. The boys were familiar with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But never have we read all of them. And maybe never have I cried like I did (embarrassingly) when we reached the end.

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning. And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

The boys and I feel a sense of accomplishment. We did something in 2017 together. It took time and dedication.

And we keep talking about how we’re not a part of our own story. We’re a part of Aslan’s story.

I agree with Joe Rigney’s words in his book Live Like a Narnian“Reading Narnia and writing this book have only stoked my desire to raise both of my sons to be the kind of men who cheerfully embrace whatever adventures Aslan sends them.”

There is no better place for us to place our kids than in the strong hands of Aslan.

Thank you, Lewis, for this beautiful reminder.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:4)

And in case you think we’ve got it all together, here’s to falling asleep while watching TV!




Settling down, Signing Off, Stirred

“Aslan is on the move.” It’s my favorite movie quote ever. Wait. Maybe “So I can kiss you anytime I want” from Sweet Alabama is my favorite. Regardless, I love that quote, and Aslan is on the move. In my heart. In our family.

So I’m signing off for a while.

Like, a couple of months type while.

I’m trusting Aslan to move. God to speak. Embracing a little simple to chase more intently after Him.

Here’s a plaque we found on our most recent letterboxing adventure…

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“I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.” (Susanna Wesley)

Oh, how that has spoken to me.

Am I? Content? This little space in Durham? My family? I desperately want to be.

So I’m pulling away. To sit. And listen. And hear. Really hear.

I’ll journal away and save noteworthy stuff for future blog posts. And if you need me (farewell facebook and twitter and such), you can email at

Praying God speaks to all of us…even if His methods seems a little rocky.

Til April-ish…farewell!=)

“A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)

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