The One Thing I Can’t Give Away

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For nearly five years, our grey and green infant Chicco car seat accompanied me everywhere. I gently rocked it during Bible study (while praying for a nap), it sat next to me on the booth while we dined out (totally frazzled), it secured each of our (often screaming) infants during car rides, and it provided the transfer of a still sleeping baby (fingers crossed) from the car to our next activity. Twice I've put that infant car seat on the front porch for a Goodwill donation pick up and twice … Read More...

HerStory: Meet Chelsey

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Oh, this girl. She's pretty amazing. I'm lucky to claim her as family, we're cousins-in-law (is that a thing?); she married my step-cousin a few years ago. We live geographically far apart, but stay in touch pretty well through social media. When I attended my grandmother's funeral in North Dakota last month, we were able to spend quality time together, and wow, she and her husband David are the real deal. I loved their hospitality, kindness, and honesty. If we lived closer, there'd be … Read More...

A Few of My Favorite Things

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Why should Oprah get all the fun? It's natural to share favorite things dotting our lives. We do it in casual conversations with friends constantly... "Have you tried X?" "Did you know about Y?" "We just discovered Z." So today I'm divulging my current little pleasures, small beauties, and tiny joys. Because today, and every day, I'm looking for the fun, the lovely, and the littles treasures of life. I find that small things like these, in a roundabout way, point back to a God who is … Read More...

An Intro to Canva & DIY Family Tree Print

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  Have you always wondered how people make their memes or other professional looking images? Of the programs I've tried, Canva is a favorite. It's user-friendly, free (if you stick to free elements), and saves your projects for future editing. I'm going to teach you how to make a beautiful art project you can give as a gift, and you'll learn how to use Canva in the process. First, head over to Canva.com. On the photo below, you will see how the site stores all my old … Read More...

HerStory: Jenn

HerStory-Meet Jenn

Jenn was one of the first women I connected with after moving to Hoboken, NJ. She was immediately welcoming and invited us to her family's BBQ one of the first weekends we tried a new church (where we ended up staying). In our two years together there, Jenn became a close friend. We were in a Bible study together, enjoyed dining in the city with our husbands, and met at parks with our babies. I watched a metamorphosis in Jenn while I was there, which is now clearest after the fact. She was … Read More...

For All the Suffering

For All the Suffering

I wonder if every generation thinks about the state of the world, "This is the worst it's ever been." Our generation's current troubles—acts of terrorism, rampant abortion, random school shootings, clergy sex scandals, police brutality, racial divides, and human trafficking—are just a few potential sources of injustice and suffering that plague us. And that's on a macro level. If the camera panned in to our individual lives, the potential for encountering suffering and sadness is … Read More...

Zucchini Bread Recipe

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I need a few recipes in my back pocket for when friends are coming over the next day or I need an edible teacher gift, etc. Here's one that has been a favorite of mine for years, ever since my mom made it for me as a little girl. The recipe that I had followed forever needed a little healthy tweaking, and though it's still not what you'd label "health food," it's a wonderful homemade treat. Having my favorite recipes on my blog makes me happy because it's way easier than digging out a recipe … Read More...

Motherhood Is…

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Happy Mother's Day everyone! My seasons of infertility, pregnancy, and childbirth are over; and I am in awe that I'm in full-swing motherhood! I am so thankful for my four and wanted to reflect on how motherhood has changed my life, in the good ways and the hard ways. I spent some time this morning brainstorming 100 thoughts about what motherhood is... Something I really wanted. Crying at commercials. Never being off duty. Stepping on small objects. Wiping mysterious things off the … Read More...

Reflections on the Festival of Faith and Writing

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It's been two weeks since the 2016 Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI—a gathering for Christian readers, writers, editors, and book pitchers. It took me that much time to process it, because like the pile of papers and books I brought home, there was a cluttered pile of mental sentiments to sort through. To sum it up, I felt both at home and like an imposter during the three day gathering Geographically, Grand Rapids and Calvin were familiar. I attended … Read More...

At Foundling House: The Beauty of Dependence

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Hey friends, One of my favorite things to write about is how I grow from my experiences in nature. Today I'm at musician Adam Whipple's literary site, Foundling House, sharing how nearly falling off a mountain brought clarity to my search for beauty. Enjoy some pics from our trip, then click on the title below to head over to Foundling House to read the story...and you're invited to leave a comment, it's always encouraging to read them! … Read More...