How to Cope with Loss and Change

I don’t love change and my heart has felt fragile and thin with it lately. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt that way — when the tears come easily and parts of the day seem colorless and sad. Just when my broken heart had somewhat mended from the death of my dad a year…
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An Infertility Journey of Faith and Trust

Lately, it seems like several people around me are moving forward with their seemingly picture perfect lives while I feel somewhat…stagnant. My husband, Josh, and I have been trying to conceive for three years, which feels like forever when you typically get what you want…and without much waiting (like, a purple lava lamp in 1996,…
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Back To School

Something amazing happened recently. A life-changing something that means I can sit on the couch with a cup of coffee and drink THE ENTIRE CUP without reheating, spilling, or accidentally peeing on myself because someone jumped on my bladder.   I’m talking, of course, about THE KIDS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! In person! It’s amazing.…
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Traveling Well with Kids

I think we all can agree that we have taken traveling for granted, especially since this past year going anywhere has been hard. Now, I find myself encouraged as things begin to open up again, and I long to see and explore the world God has gifted us with.   Between 2008 – 2015, my…
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There’s always time…

Did you know that if a 9-year old lived on Pluto she would be 3 weeks old today? It’s true! My daughter came home from school last year and showed me this diagram:     Now before you go all crosseyed and space out (ha!) from the complicated math, or get caught up on the…
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Hope in the Wasteland

2020 was the year of unprecedented circumstances. It seemed as though every month brought a new level of distress as we endured our habitual comforts, social connection and at times, even our essentials being ripped away.    As I reflect upon the last several months, I cannot help but witness a deeper level of faith…
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When God doesn’t answer all of my questions…

The story of Sampson is one of those weird stories in the Bible that at first glance seems like a great children’s story. A man of God with flowing, Herculean-locks is given the super human strength to deliver his people from oppressors. We have three different kid’s Bibles in my house, and they all tell…
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Comparison is like a Spider Bite

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).   My husband’s cousin recently had a tiny bump on his shoulder that he thought was a mosquito bite. He itched the bump a little bit, but within two days, it turned into a lesion that blistered and…
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Connecting Through Laughter

There are a lot of words I could use to describe this past year. And many of those words are not “helpful for building others up” (Eph 4:29), so I won’t share them here. But one word that I think can describe the last 12 months for most of us is “exhausting.” I’d also like…
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PandEPIC Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you’re like me, Valentines Day celebrations have gotten a little bland since having kids. There’s nothing wrong with going to dinner. I happen to love food! But over time, my husband and I have gotten boring and predictable. Now this year, we’re forced to be more creative. Whether you are staying in because of…
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