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About Charlotte Getz

Charlotte Getz is a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom. She is the Editor-in-Chief at Rooted Ministry and an un-trained but making-it-work mother to Ford (4) and Margot (3). She and her sweet family currently reside in Long Beach, CA via Auburn, AL via Savannah, GA via Birmingham, AL. Charlotte is the co-author (along with Stephanie Phillips) of Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Found Their Way Home While Lost at Sea. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @charlottebgetz

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    I Have No Gift to Bring: Me and the Little Drummer Boy

    I Have No Gift to Bring: Me and the Little Drummer Boy

    Ever since I can remember, “The Little Drummer Boy” has been a Christmas favorite. When I was a kid, the fantasy of a cute boy drumming for Jesus made my pre-teen heart go rum-pum-pum-pum. I’ve always had a thing for musicians and he was just the sort of heartthrob Tiger Beat would have covered and […]

    Many Good Things Start With a Grave

    Many Good Things Start With a Grave

    It seems like just about everyone I know right now is either grieving, infertile, or both. As a country and a global community, we’ve also had a lot of bad news. Our hurricanes are getting worse. There’s abuse. Addiction. “Politics” (I’ll let you unpack that one, reader). There’s prejudice. International affairs. Extramarital affairs. A TV […]

    Wait for It: The Surprising Perks of Suspense

    Wait for It: The Surprising Perks of Suspense

    Waiting, of any kind, is generally just stupid. We can all agree on this. We are on the same page here: I don’t like waiting, you don’t like waiting, nobody likes to wait. We want what we want, and we want it yesterday. Veruca Salt got this (“give it to me noooow”), and so did […]

    Feeling Pretty, Feeling Loved

    Feeling Pretty, Feeling Loved

    Most of the time, I do not feel anything close to “pretty.” On some rare days, I feel like a bombshell the likes of Margot Robbie or Lauryn Hill. But most days, I feel a little ashamed when I look in the mirror. My eyes are too puffy. The skin under my chin is starting […]

    Shell of a Woman

    Shell of a Woman

    My husband and I met in Savannah, Georgia and lived there for six eventful years. Every summer in Savannah — steaming wet with humidity — the cicadas descended en masse, a plague to the Coastal Empire. They hummed like maracas this familiar refrain that still reminds me of impossibly late nights, warm beer, and the […]

    A Woman vs. Her Roomba: The Battle for Biblical Femininity

    A Woman vs. Her Roomba: The Battle for Biblical Femininity

    Several months ago, my husband Alex made a peculiar suggestion for his approaching birthday: he wanted a Roomba. The notion was mildly annoying to me at the time (I wasn’t sure why), but I chose to brush it off as a disturbing lack of imagination on Alex’s part. You want a vacuum for your birthday? […]

    Mixtapes from Anyone Who is Not Your Husband: Sounds of Earth and Heaven

    Mixtapes from Anyone Who is Not Your Husband: Sounds of Earth and Heaven

    There are facts about my story that will never change this side of heaven, barring total tragedy in some cases. And forgive me for saying so, but while the permanence of many things in this life is blessed, that same permanence can also be awful. FACT: I will always have my two children. Praise Jesus, […]

    It Was Not -- Never Will Be -- A Silent Night

    It Was Not — Never Will Be — A Silent Night

    Around this time last year, I tried explaining to my mom why I was so exhausted (aside from the obvious child-rearing and work responsibilities). There had been countless weddings that year, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, girls’ trips, family trips, work trips, and conferences galore. What’s more we live in California – and our people are […]

    The Art of Memoir and a Divine Glimpse of Stefani in <i>Gaga: Five Foot Two</i>

    The Art of Memoir and a Divine Glimpse of Stefani in Gaga: Five Foot Two

    I spent the better part of my 20s working with teenagers in one form or another. Whether as a youth minister, a creative writing teacher, or a photography TA, one dazzling thread remained the same: Gaga. I spent time with kids who didn’t just adore her music, they worshiped her. They felt freed in some […]

    "Jesus Take the Wheel" Is Not Enough

    “Jesus Take the Wheel” Is Not Enough

    Carrie Underwood has offered many the willy-nilly soul “spinning on a thin black sheet of glass” a sense of relief since her 2005 hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel.” There is an immediate comfort to the notion that when we’re “running low on faith and gasoline,” God might step in as if he were a sub, […]

    When Deep Waters and Parking Lots Become Church

    When Deep Waters and Parking Lots Become Church

    In 2007, almost ten years after her death, it came into more public knowledge that Mother Teresa experienced a terrible sense of separation from God throughout the majority of her ministry. Less than three months before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she wrote in a letter to one of her spiritual confidants, “Jesus […]

    Party of Five and the God of Party Poopers

    Party of Five and the God of Party Poopers

    When life gets tough, I like to watch other people’s lives get tougher. In Germany or Avenue Q, this is called shadenfreude; in America, this is called haphazardly engaging in political discourse on social media, or watching just about any popular TV drama. Forgoing the Covfefe hoo-ha, I recently committed instead to a teen soap […]