Faith

When You Find Your Family’s Heartbeat

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My husband and I had gone camping as kids growing up, and even been camping once as a couple before kids. But we never took the camping plunge as a family of six, before last month. And when the time came to prep camp bins and pack up a duffle bag and load up the […]

If you are having (another) snow day

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As so many of you are stuck inside, bundled up and maybe even having your millionth snow day in a row — I wanted to send you a little love and encouragement today from the desert. Because even though it doesn’t seem like we desert folk understand your pain, we do, and I will need […]

I’m scared of being mediocre

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  I had this realization recently. I’m terrified of being mediocre. How that plays out in my life is that I don’t shoot for the moon, I don’t go big or go home, I’m not balls to the wall. None of that. I just slink back, try to disappear and be “less” so that at […]

On being impatient for healing

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I’ve been blessed in the area of broken bones and large puncture wounds. What I mean is, I haven’t broken anything but my pinky toe, and I’ve never required stitches. I sprained my ankle once, I’ve had shin splints and I gave birth 5 times. So, I know what it feels like to wait on […]

Confessions Of An Emotion Stuffer-Downer

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I would love to talk real talk with you for a minute. Let’s grab a spot on my couch and I’ll make you some green tea with honey and I’ll make sure we aren’t interrupted because this is a bit of a hard thing. I have always been a pretty expressive person, and proudly so. […]

How to survive a tidal wave

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You look around and you find yourself standing at the edge of a shoreline. You can see it coming up ahead. A huge tidal wave. You have no doubt that it will reach you. You start to tremble. What do you do? Maybe you consider running, but you quickly realize you’re out of time, and […]

On releasing the shame

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Something happened in me last night, something really really good, and I’m struggling finding the words to describe it. It was hard and difficult and a moment of heart laid bare — and I need to share it. Allow me some disjointed thoughts here for a bit? I was having issues with my boys that […]

On saying it out loud

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There’s this thing I’d like to talk about. Is it ok if I get right to the point? We remember that God tells us to forgive but we are hurt, so hurt, and say no, maybe later. Maybe later I’ll forgive, because it hurts too much right now. And then we go about our day […]

On being well

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It was only two days after Mabel’s funeral service when I went to church for the first time in a long time. I felt so raw, like the whole world could see my pain. As if my skin had been removed and I was just this exposed heart walking around, feeling the wind like someone […]