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I can choose to sit and stew in all my disappointment and disillusionment and anxiety, or I can meet each day — each hour, really — with a spirit of watchfulness and expectation. Read more

Lauren Denton

I also figured out quickly that letting go of the task of grocery shopping was just one of the many ways I’d have to let go during the strange corona months. Read more

Lauren Denton

In an effort to both acknowledge the strange times we’re living in and not further burden your shoulders (or mine), I give you a short list of ways I’ve been surprised by joy, goodness, humor or grace in this first week of our coronacation. Read more

Lauren Denton

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I don’t know when exactly it’ll happen, but I have a feeling our non-pet days are dwindling. Not because I’m 100% ready to allow this unknown element into my some - what orderly world, but because I truly enjoy making my kids really happy. Read more

Lauren Denton

With our phones and earbuds, podcasts and treadmill TVs, even the sports and news information that clicks on the minute you start pumping gas, we’re now at a place where it’s fairly easy to never have to be alone with your own thoughts. Read more

Lauren Denton

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A few weeks after we started all this, our 7-year-old, Sela, asked me her Burning Question : “When you were a little kid, did you worry that you wouldn’t be a very good mom?” Read more

Lauren Denton

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Do you ever have those days when things just don’t go the way you planned? I’m not talking about big life direction-type things, though those can sometimes feel wrong. I’m talking more about regular day-in, day-out stuff. Read more

Lauren Denton

Parenting is scary, yes? Sure it’s a lot of other things too—fun, frustrating, joyful, nerve-wracking. But a thread of fear always works its way through the “job” of parenting, doesn’t it? Read more

Lauren Denton

As much as I love my children … as much as I love my husband, my parents, my brother, my friends … what they think of me doesn’t define who I am. Read more

Lauren Denton

I’ll be honest with you here: I was all ready to write this month’s column on memories of my childhood, how I tend to long for the past and how I’ve recreated the best parts of it in some way in my novels. But then Andy Bernard messed it all up. Read more

Lauren Denton

A couple of months ago, our daughter Sela turned 7. Because she’d been planning her party pretty much since a few days after her sixth birthday, we had a lot of time to think about it, and she had a lot of time to change her mind. Read more

Lauren Denton

This summer, I’ve been reading a book I think will become my required summertime reading. “Liturgy of the Ordinary” (by Tish Harrison Warren) is about finding God’s presence “in the cracks of our days.” Read more

Lauren Denton

Back in the spring, we made the decision to renovate our kitchen. Read more

Lauren Denton

The other day, my nine-year-old Kate came downstairs with something behind her back and a nervous expression on her face. Read more

Lauren Denton

Soon after “The Hideaway” was released, I had my first “appearance” at a bookstore in Marietta, Georgia, with two other authors. Read more

Lauren Denton

Lately I’ve been asking my friends if they’ve ever heard of something called FaceTune. Read more

Lauren Denton

My parents have lived in the same familiar house, on the same quiet street, in our hometown for 37 years, and now they’ve decided to move. Read more

Lauren Denton

These accidental lessons remind me that my own children are absorbing the same from me — things I unconsciously teach them while I’m actually working hard to teach them other, more meaningful lessons. Read more

Lauren Denton

A couple months ago, my family went to the Smoky Mountains for a vacation. One day, we went on a hike that took us from a busy parkway up a trail and into the silence. Read more

Lauren Denton

A call from the nurse is never good news, though, and as I stared at those two words on the screen, I envisioned a sick child along with my afternoon plans dissolving. Read more

Lauren Denton