Books & Articles
Same Here, Sisterfriend
Mostly True Tales of Misadventures in Motherhood curated by Holly Mackle
Under the leadership of the hysterical Holly Mackle, Caroline joins with a group of mamas well-acquainted with the reheated-coffee, diaper-blow-out, where-are-my-keys life, and their stories are guaranteed to make you snort laugh. Caroline's readers will recognize a few pieces adapted for the book and enjoy a few never-published ones! This book is for mamas who need to laugh and remember they're not alone. (Not convinced yet? Boo Mama Sophie Hudson wrote the forward! Woo!)
The Gospel Coalition
3 Ways to Share the Good News Like It’s Actually Good
“At the MTV Movie Awards in June, Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award with a speech that filled our Facebook feeds with hope and humor. His words were colorful and compelling, a reminder that all believers can communicate gospel truth in their areas of influence.
But do we? Though we’ve experienced the power of the gospel and know it to be good news, we often tell it as if it’s mediocre. Sometimes we recite the basics like it’s a children’s book we’re forced to keep re-reading: a good story made boring by repetition.”
The Slow Fruit of the Adoption Process
“My good-natured and ravenous son rolls out of bed each morning chanting, “I want oatmeal!” Within a minute or two, I have his bowl of morning oatmeal ready. He takes the bowl in his chubby hands and says, ‘Thank you, Mommy!’
This early morning interaction is both a sweet, steady gift and a jarring deviation from other elements of my life. My husband and I began the adoption process when our oatmeal aficionado was barely one, when all he could shriek upon waking was “OHMA!” Now his third birthday has come and gone. Now his sentences have a subject and a verb. Now he’s not a baby, nor is his older sister. There’s no baby in this house, just the distinct feeling that someone is missing.”
Live Original with Sadie Robertson
Knocking Over Tables
"You know what weirds me out? The word 'body.' You know what is weirder? When a church person is assigned to talk to you about 'bodies,' and then I basically become the human form of that green about-to-barf emoji. But our bodies are pretty important, most notably because we live in them 24/7, and also because we are obsessed with them..."
The Horror and the Hallelujah
“We keep the tiny dinosaurs in a plastic bag, tucked inside the pocket of my backpack to keep the kiddos happy at restaurants. These little dinos have endured many ketchup plunges, galloped across many drink lids, and enacted countless imaginative scenarios. Adelaide likes to name them, and the names reveal the hilarious inner-workings of the preschool mind: Cinderelly, Jamison, Daddy Shark, Mr. Matt, Pinkalicious, Peter Parker, Aurora, Baby Tatum. It’s a perfect curation of favorite characters and beloved friends, and really, in a toddler’s mind, is there any difference?… But one of the names stopped me in my tracks.”
Joyful Life Magazine
A Valentine Gift Worth Giving: The Benefit of the Doubt
“My husband had come home from a long day of work, the kids were already in bed, his dinner was cold, and so was his wife. Not literally, just in her soul. With every minute that ticked away on the clock, I’d transformed from happy Caroline into a true ice queen, with death icicles that shot out from my eyes like lasers. He was very late, and I took it very personally. Two steps in the door, he looked at me apologetically as his phone rang again. I made plans to go full-on Elsa the second that phone call was finished…”
Marriage After Baby
"During the final hours of labor, I looked at my husband and whispered weakly, 'This is hell.' During my first few hours as a mother, I looked at my little girl and whispered gently, 'This is heaven.' I mean, Six Flags has nothing on the roller coaster of childbirth. It’s the extreme pain of the last few pushes juxtaposed against the extreme bliss of meeting that cuddly bundle for the first time and then finally getting to eat some pancakes..."
So it's Tuesday
"I knew I was suffering from monotony when my then-18-month-old got barfed on by a random kids at Mother's Day Out. My reaction was weird. Inappropriately giggly. Eventually I realized I was kind of excited--excited to have a story to tell. It's because now all of my days are pretty much the same, and I don't usually have much to tell. The lack of content is frustrating for someone like me who needs to say 50,000 words a day to stay sane..."
Her View From Home
The Ache While We Wait to Adopt
"There’s a persistent ache, but sometimes I can ignore it. I can turn up the volume of what’s around me and drown it out for a bit. I play hostess and invite the noise to come in: come fill up my heart, come fill up this empty nursery, come fill up this planner. I’ve got two kids, and they are experts at noise, so my days are full of it, and it works. The noise narcotizes the ache, making it manageable, day by noisy day...The ache does not die in the noise, but rather it grows as the noisy days string together..."
Humor and the Gospel
Holly Mackle and Caroline chat with Hunter Beless of Journeywomen Podcast about Humor and the gospel! If you tend to take yourself too seriously, struggle to understand the connection between a serious faith and big laughter, or wonder what the purpose is of humor, you don't want to miss this episode.
Friends of a Feather Podcast
Caroline chats with her friend Wren about all kinds of things, from why she believes in weirdness to what it’s like to be a pastor’s wife.
Unaltered Grace Podcast
Caroline chats with Rachel Lawrence about the up-close ministry of discipleship and offers lots of practical help for walking in obedience to The Great Commission.
Confessions of a Crappy Christian Podcast
For When You Need Discipleship
Caroline chats with host Blake Guichet about the what discipleship is and the difference between discipleship and Bible study, and the two have a practical, engaging conversation about you can begin to make disciples.