Advent 2020: Craving Hope

We all know the drill. It's not "culturally acceptable" to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving happens. We all roll our eyes when the trees come out in department stores before summer ends. We make jokes about skipping other holidays. While some of us wait with baited breath to press play on our Christmas playlists (minus... Continue Reading →

Not My Strength.

"Not my strength, but yours." "Not my will, but yours." As a believer, I know the truth behind these words, at least I thought I did. I know that I can do all things through him who strengthens me (God). I know that every good and perfect gift is from above. I know that the... Continue Reading →

Digging Deep: Planning for Winter

Unlike my extra-extroverted husband, I am not someone who thrives in loud, busy spaces. I enjoy time to think. Quiet. The sounds of nature (if an ocean is involved in that sound, even better!). I don't need to be surrounded by a bunch of friends - though I keep a small, tight group especially close... Continue Reading →

Not of This World

I've been a voting member of society since my 18th birthday. Granted, a lot of people have a few more election cycles under their belts than me, but, I've been at it awhile. Regardless how many elections I've participated in, and others have participated in, when I find myself in conversation (perhaps more often than... Continue Reading →

Reflections of Growth

"2020." I have a feeling that when we look back on this particular year, many of us will have feelings. Big feelings. In fact, I believe many of us are experiencing them today differently than any of us ever have before. We've been faced with unprecedented situations - like a global pandemic - during a... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Plans

Lately, I've found myself in a place that I don't think I'm alone in. Things feel hard, and big, and - honestly - sort of scary. All of our situations look a little different. We have different concerns - whether they're related to making a mortgage or rent payment, the upcoming election, whether home, or... Continue Reading →

Building Up.

My heart is heavy today, friends. It's been a growing heaviness that I'm sure many of us have that's hard to even identify.When I find myself in places like this...I try to identify the cause. To search my heart and to hold fast to truth. In some ways, like many of us who call... Continue Reading →

Don’t Assess at the Top of the Hill

Alright parents. We're in a spot. Our kids are starting school soon, have been sent off to some hybrid combination of school or full-time school, have different schedules daily, or have become homeschooled (quite possibly during yesterday's nationwide Zoom outage).   I wanted to take a second to share the best piece of advice I... Continue Reading →

Handing Over the Details

Like many other moms...especially those of us who struggle with the perfectionist bug, I spend a lot of time dwelling on details. I plan. I think about not only what comes next... but what comes after that, and after that and after that, in almost an indefinite, infinite cycle. While it makes me feel prepared,... Continue Reading →

Are We Intentional?

I don't know when the world will change. I don't know when the feeling that we're waiting - for change, for justice, for peace, for a calm in the storm - will end. I'm not sure if it will. I'm not sure if it's supposed to. But, I do know this. On my latest project,... Continue Reading →

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