Moving On

I'm sorry that I have been so quiet here and on social media lately. It's been one thing after another around here and whenever life starts feeling overwhelming, I tend to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the online world. If you had told me back in November that this transition of commuting and trying to sell our house would take over six months, I would have told you that I would not be able to survive that long. But here we are, six months later, and although it has difficult, the … [Read more...]

Under Contract

Our house is finally under contract! Despite my being a fair weather fan, God has been faithful. We are supposed to close on the sale of this house on April 29th and we are beginning the process to purchase the house with stairs. A year ago I would have told you that it would take a miracle for me to ever leave this house, but God performed a miracle in my heart and now I am so excited about moving and making our new house a home. Please pray with me that the closing process of both … [Read more...]

On Being a Fair Weather Fan

This past Sunday, our church members were told to wear their favorite team colors or jerseys to church. My husband and I are not into sports at all, so we had no jerseys and honestly wouldn’t even know what color combinations to put together to represent a team. Phillip, being the funny guy that he is, asked me to make him a shirt that said Team Jesus, so I went to the craft store and bought some iron-on letters, and there you have it, a custom team jersey. When he opened up the service with … [Read more...]

On Dreams and Motherhood

Both in the world of ministry and the world of blogging, there is a lot of focus on growth. Growing your numbers, growing your platform, growing your influence. I have a little secret to share. In both worlds I oftentimes feel like a bit of an under-achiever. I have no grand dreams or any tangible goals to jot down on paper. Oh sure, I would love to write a book someday or be asked to speak at an event. At least, I think I would. Because that is what every minister and blogger wants, … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Story

I have always seen my life as sort of like a board game in which I am constantly sending myself back to GO. GO brings a fresh start, a clean slate. I can try once again to do it right, to do it perfectly. But I never make it very far around the board, because no matter how hard I try, I keep turning over cards of flaws and imperfections that send me back at least 3 spaces, if not back to the very beginning. When I was younger, I thought that I would eventually reach a certain age in … [Read more...]

Trusting God with the Details

So we went and looked at the house today. You know, the one with stairs. And guess what? It actually has two staircases. The main staircase near the front door, and a hidden set of stairs that go from the upstairs bonus room to the downstairs laundry room. For a 4 year old boy who desperately wants stairs, I can’t think of anything cooler than a hidden, secret staircase. The house is exactly what we are looking for with some added bonuses. It actually has 4 bedrooms, plus a large bonus … [Read more...]

Losing It

A few months ago, I sat on the floor of my dining room turned crafty home office, with a large pad of paper and black sharpie marker in hand. From time to time I feel the need to re-evaluate my life and my goals, and this was one of those days. Across the top of the paper I wrote, My life is a gift from God. How am I going to live it? I began to write down the categories of my life: wife, mother, homemaker, home educator, minister. I then began to list changes and improvements that I needed to … [Read more...]

Know Yourself, Accept Yourself

As we leave the portion of this series focused on self-care, I would now like to spend the next few days talking about living with intentional and grace as it relates to personal growth. This past spring, I became good friends with Jen at our local home improvement store. Maybe not so much friends as I kind of stalked her. You see, this year I was bound and determined to have an amazing vegetable garden and she had the knowledge that I needed. I would march into the garden center armed … [Read more...]

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Thirty found me fresh with grief, arms full with a new baby and an attached two year old, being passed the torch of a ministry with big shoes to fill and even bigger expectations of how much I could handle. It was a hard year. Thirty-one found me sandwiched between a family wedding and my women’s retreat directorial debut, a little overweight and a lot unhappy, searching for myself and unsure of a lot of things. It was a hard year. Today I turn thirty-two. And the winds are … [Read more...]

Settling In

Every time I walk into my hair salon, I am armed with no less than five pictures. I prop them up against the mirror and tell my stylist to work her magic. She will do her best to tame the curly mop on my head, and with a lot of work, I can usually make it resemble the pictures for a couple of weeks. Then I get lazy and it goes back to being what it always has been. Big, blonde, and curly. It’s just me. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be someone else. As a teenager and on … [Read more...]