On Belonging, Bravery, and Deep Breaths

    Sometimes it’s difficult to "count your blessings" when stress sets up camp in your life. Slipping into mud boots and securing the hood on my rain jacket, I took another drenched walk to the lodge. Searching for a new job, living on the road, plus leaving behind our deeply rooted friendships in Tennessee, … Continue reading On Belonging, Bravery, and Deep Breaths

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On My Tiny Church, The Doxology, and How We Over Complicate Lasting Impact

  My heart was skipping beats as we made our way to my very first church. The building was tiny, with every possibility for glam absent. Just a small sign with those plastic changeable letters out front, and a backyard play set squeezed in next to the fence. The church that housed my faith as … Continue reading On My Tiny Church, The Doxology, and How We Over Complicate Lasting Impact

When Your Marriage Cries For Margin

  I excitedly packed my bag for an overnight getaway with my man in Seattle like I was leaving for a high-end trip for a month to another country. Although I only needed a change of clothes, a hat, a book and my journal just in case - my heart was beating hard just like … Continue reading When Your Marriage Cries For Margin

Saying Yes to Adventure Even When It Scares Us A Little

We wondered the interstates and National Parks of the west in our mini van, packed full of our family of seven. Two kayaks strapped to the top, coolers stocked with survival snacking, minimalist clothing crammed in totes, and our hearts were set for adventure. Our beautiful brick home had sold and our belongings tucked away … Continue reading Saying Yes to Adventure Even When It Scares Us A Little

The July That Changed Me

The adventurous stories of my Uncle Bernie were told so often during my growing up years, that it felt as if he were still very much alive. I held on to the words spoken by my Dad about the way his brother could light up a room and usher in rolling laughter. Uncle Bernie left a … Continue reading The July That Changed Me

Living Calm in the Chaos + Keeping Our Cool

Sitting in the corner of our couch, looking out over the river and sinking deep into a few minutes of silence - was the exact moment when my middle school son decided he should join me. After bouncing around, he finally got comfy and began to unfold his hopes and dreams for the rest of … Continue reading Living Calm in the Chaos + Keeping Our Cool

Joyful In the Messes + Thoughts on Spilled Milk

The memory is faded, but I still remember. Those seven o'clock nights of my growing up years sitting around the dinner table on occasion, when everyone was home from basketball practice and student council meetings. There were a lot of things my Dad handled like a champ - but spilling milk at the dinner table … Continue reading Joyful In the Messes + Thoughts on Spilled Milk