I want to live!

There are some dry bones in my life right now. Relationships aren’t what they once were. Illness abounds. Time is short. Patience is shorter. Love isn’t the prevailing sentiment of our time and place. I could continue, and you could add to the list. But instead, I am going to call in a favor and seek…

The Failure of the Pro-Life Movement

  My husband and I got married “too young”– before we were above the poverty level, before we had finished school, and well before we had stable income or good health insurance. We even crashed with BOTH of our sets of parents in between moves to be able to afford deposits and down payments. We…

Great Light

It’s not unusual for a prayer request to come across my newsfeed. Recently the amber alerts, illnesses, and stories of distress are surpassing the cute baby pictures. Unfortunately, sometimes things are too big or too distant to be solved by a hot meal.  How do I cope? I take responsibility.   I need to open my eyes,…

I Can’t Say “No” To Meal Trains

Sometimes, I let my heart break or swell to rise up to action. If someone is close in proximity, my expression of love and support usually looks a lot like pulled barbecue chicken with a side of homemade mac and cheese. It sounds insignificant and very temporary, but behind my quick meal drop-off is a…

Why We Travel With Small Children

With three kids under 7, it can sometimes feel like a waste of time to travel. However, in addition to satisfying our own wanderlust, hubby and I actually enjoy our family adventures. Here’s why: 1. Every day activities are an adventure in a new place. Whether it be old favorites like fishing, or boring normal…

Bread baking means flour. Everywhere.

Are your baking skills at the “buy bread in bag” level? Do you forget to start dinner planning until lunch of the same day? Do you sometimes not have all your ingredients and have to run to the store in the middle of preparation? Good news– you can probably still make this bread! Yes, I (plus…

Best Year Ever

My first projects of 2017 called for a “new year, new you” feel, but ended up being more than just generic inspiration. I sat staring at Photoshop and tried to capture my own thoughts and feelings about the coming year. As I reflected and browsed trending New Year’s posts, I felt an overwhelming negativity. Even…