February 20, 2023
February has become a difficult month in our home; it’s a reminder and exclamation point to our reality. In a matter of days, I will mark three years since my daughter’s death. It’s a paradox of emotions that will never make sense or get easier. A constantly shifting and always changing dichotomy centered around love […]
December 15, 2022
Gratitude isn’t a betrayal of my grief. My grief hasn’t gotten any smaller, but my heart has grown. My capacity to hold joy and grief together has increased exponentially.
June 19, 2022
Father’s Day can be a challenging day for so many. There can often be sorrow, loneliness, and disappointment; it can be bitter because it has the potential to be very sweet. I pray that no matter how this day feels, it will point you to your heavenly Father.
June 3, 2022
James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” I believe that any good gift apart from salvation is seasonal, and if we try to hold onto it out of season, it will turn bitter.
May 22, 2022
I’ve had some feisty conversations about marriage recently. Marriage books are generally terrible, and most advice given about marriage is, at best, opinion and, at worst, damaging. Most issues discussed are tertiary and gloss over the foundational importance of a marriage centered around Christ.
March 3, 2022
We have made some big announcements in the last two years. Announcements that have been life-changing for our family and have marked our community. The death of a daughter and another daughter’s birth have taken their place as the most pivotal moments in our lives over the last two years. Many of you have walked […]
September 17, 2021
The clock read 6:04 am. I laid on my left side with most of my body uncovered by blankets. It was September 17th, and our temporary rental home was hot. Maybe it wasn’t that hot in the house, but I was always hot at 39 weeks pregnant with my fourth child. My eyes squeezed tightly […]
July 18, 2021
Dear Faithful Preschool Volunteer (or soon to be volunteer),You come every Sunday; sanitizing toys, updating phone numbers of parents, sing Jesus Loves Me, rock a crying baby, change diapers or help the potty training child. Your service can be thankless and far less glamorous than the Sunday School teacher who leads a class full of […]
June 16, 2021
“So what are you hoping has changed since this time last year? What differences do you want in your life?” They were thoughtful questions from my dearest friend who is truly gifted in asking questions and even better at genuinely listening to answers. I knew the answer but struggled to articulate it. “I don’t want […]
April 13, 2021
“Do you have a pastor we can call?” If I had not already come to terms with the fact that my daughter was gone, this should have been the question that confirmed the truth. Just thirty minutes earlier our life was normal, comfortable and predictable. Now the future was bleak and uncertain. It was Monday, […]