Book Giveaway and Guest Post for (in)courage

February 4, 2014

Good morning, friends! If you're in the midst of winter doldrums, we've got a bit of cheer for you today: a book giveaway and a guest post for (in)courage, a site we simply love and are thrilled to be featured on.

First, we're giving away two copies of our book, The Ruth Experience. To enter the giveaway, simply comment below, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to receive our emails. The more things you do, the more entries you get. Winners will be announced next Monday.

Today I'm also thrilled to be a guest contributor at (in)courage, where I'm writing about how an accident in the kitchen led to an unexpected revelation.

Here's a portion of the post, "When You're Crying Over Spilled Oil":

I wasn’t crying over spilled milk, but oil. Smoked hickory grapeseed oil, to be exact. And though I knew it was silly to cry over, the tears welled up in a relentless wave before I could duck my face to hide them. Knees cracking, I bent over to sop up the mess of oil, glass, and crumbs from the pantry floor.

My husband’s voice stops me. “Don’t,” he said, his gentle voice a sharp crack in my already bruised heart. “I’ll do that.” 

It was an accident. Not my fault. Our teenage babysitter and surrogate daughter had been trying to help, reaching to get the toaster out of the pantry to stop the baby from her jagged crying and our toddler’s incessant whining, when the bottle slipped and fell.

I take a deep breath, used to cleaning messes of PlayDoh and stray crayons, ancient raisins in kitchen corners, smeared handprints on glass — and then I realize that the oil has spread to a giant, 25-lb. bag of sugar I had just purchased with the intention of making more jam than one house could possibly use. 

And suddenly, it feels like too much.
You can read the rest of the post here.


  1. Another beautiful post, Kristin! And hooray for giveaways!

  2. I just love reading your blogs, you always touch my heart.

    1. Thank you, Sarah! That is so sweet of you. :)

  3. Loved this post. It's so easy to move to irritation when your plans are messed up or poured out {in this case} and the words can easily hurt. I'm working on ridding myself of the 'quick to irritation' and this post was a message to my heart. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Mimi! It's definitely a work-in-progress for me, too. Blessings to you!