Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes on noob mothering, rookie faith, and life in a ponytail.

The Coming City

(February 2014 Editor Letter) The other day I was in that odd space of discontent where everything around me took on a certain emptiness, a certain poverty of meaning. I was making dinner and grabbed an onion from the pantry to begin chopping. And when I looked down at that onion, that innocent, meek little…   read more

He Reaches Back

(January 2014 Editor Letter) The other day my three-year-old daughter Madeline was in the back seat of the SUV when she realized, belatedly, perhaps, that the world had failed her. Her blanket was missing. It had been carelessly tossed into the very back where no one could reach it without pulling the car over for…   read more

Waiting With Everything

Why does God make us wait? It’s hard to say, but we do know one thing: he made many heroes of the Bible wait, too. And wait. And wait and wait and wait. Abraham waiting for a long-awaited son. Joseph waiting in prison. The people of Israel waiting under Pharaoh’s oppression — 400 years. The…   read more

Should We Expect Someone Else?

Hi everybody. Remember me? In case you were wondering, I’m still writing, still editing, still Thing-wrangling — I just haven’t been, well, BLOGGING that much. In any case, I thought I’d upload my editor letters since November that have only made it into actual print and not into the world of my online readers. Enjoy. (From…   read more

The Chrysalis Effect

(Chatter Editor Letter, October 2013) You might have heard of the butterfly effect, but I’ve been enamored recently with something I can only dub the “chrysalis effect.” Chrysalis: just a fancy term for a butterfly’s cocoon, the gold pupa that breaks apart to deliver the fluttering wings and buzzing legs and fuzzy body we love…   read more

She’s Three. Help. Me.

Tonight Madeline snuggled with me on the couch 45 minutes after dinner. Still wearing her princess dress and fresh off a crying jag caused by a run-in with Drew, she was done with the day. So was I. After a 12-hour drive home the day before from Colorado, I was still feeling fuzzy, disembodied and…   read more

The Rock Eternal

(Chatter Letter from the Editor, August) “Why did Jesus die on the cross, Maddie?” I asked my two-year-old. We were in the car heading out of the church parking lot. My five-year-old son interrupted: “He died because the Roman guards were mean.” Maddie disagreed. “No! He died because he fell and skinned his knee!” Skinning…   read more

Whirlwind Italy

(Guest post for ShawnSmallStories.com) Last summer my husband Gordon and I took a whirlwind trip of Italy with my entire family. When most people use phrases like “entire family,” they mean their parents and maybe their sister. When I say it, I mean my parents, my sister Liz who lives in California, my sister Bonnie…   read more

Celebrating 100 Issues of Chatter

(Chatter Letter From the Editor, July 2013) Except for the few months I was busy bringing a human baby into the world, I have been Chatter’s editor since March of 2009 when someone saw my blog and thought I might be odd enough to fill such a position. The years since have accounted for 53…   read more

Quacking Up

(Chatter Editor Letter, June) In an effort to “Diaz-inate” myself — a term I developed in college for “working out” a la Cameron Diaz — I have been expanding my small horizons. I started by upping the intensity level on the Stair Master. (What a mistake!) Still believing myself capable of more, I signed up…   read more