Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is more painful than being stuck somewhere you don’t belong. -Mandy Hale This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes of all-time, and I am a sucker for quotes. The more life that has accumulated in the...
It has been an absolute whirlwind on the home front these last few weeks. From moving one fledgling into college to start his college career, to moving another one home after she finished hers, to playing nurse-mom post-kiddo-surgery, to tackling home projects,...
I am less than one week into my 9-month sabbatical. How’s it going, you ask? Is it fun? Is it everything you thought it’d be so far? First, before I answer, let me tell you a bit about what I’ve been through in the last six days. Last Thursday,...
It’s Sunday morning again – the day I used to go to church. My new Sunday morning routine consists of writing (obviously), reflecting, reading Scripture and praying. Although, my “praying” looks nothing like I was taught in church. For the longest time, I was stuck on the part where I thought God was hollow, like […]
You may recall that when I moved to Grand Rapids two years ago, my husband and I went on a church hunt. You may also recall I said it was “worse than dating.” I wasn’t wrong. Today, we are still unchurched. Most days, this feels like a dull pain, kind of like an ongoing humming […]
I’ll never forget the day I heard the words: “It’s leukemia.” It’s a weird thing – trying to move on from something so life changing yet, respecting the experience so much that you feel guilty ever fully forgetting about it. The truth is, you never forget about it. You just choose how to deal with […]
I might as well be like everyone else. Well, at least for today. — It’s still close enough to the start of a new year to start a new thing – or, in this case – to uplift and old thing. Why is it that when we categorically know what it is that we should […]
For a girl who always “does,” I feel stuck. I am 45 years-old and in a state of mental panic. It’s weird, because when I was 21 and just out of college, the same mental panic consumed me. But it was much more pressing, more real. At 21, I had no money, no life lived. […]
Monday morning we had a scheduled hiking tour. How did I know how to pick it, you ask? Solely on the basis of the name: “Climb the Stairway to Wine Heaven.” We took the 8:37am train from Vernazza to Manarola and met the group, led by a guy who I immediately knew was from the […]