when you want to prove you deserve a rest.

There was a chance, a small, tiny, slim chance that I might be pregnant. And I hoped it was true. There was part of me that had the best of intentions. I really did want a sibling for our daughter and for our family to grow. But that particular day, my desire was more selfish…

how to fight the lie that there won’t be enough.

The belief that there won’t be enough strikes my heart at all sorts of moments. When I’m grocery shopping and I want to stock up on EVERYTHING, not just the item on sale. When I’m writing and I want to hold back and “save” my good ideas, in case there aren’t any more. When I’m…

the grace of being enjoyed + a giveaway.

I like going places with my little lady, on the whole. There are times when any human isn’t particularly pleasant, especially when hunger or exhaustion is involved. But, in general, her company is lovely.  Recently, we were at Costco and her squishy hand was in mine. We were slowly following my husband, taking in the…

when you’re tired of your Hard still being Hard.

I recently met up with a new friend for coffee and cookies. We sat in the shade and tried not to melt in the humidity while we shared our hearts and talked about our Hard. Our specifics are vastly different, but our hearts spoke the same language as we spoke about our current realities. At…

some coffee shop truth for my soul.

I have the privilege of knowing and loving many incredible people. One such woman is an exceptional leader, a self-starter, an overcomer, a warrior, someone who I look up to for her courage, gumption and tenderness, even though I happen to be older. It was her senior year of college and we were chatting in…

for when our hearts and our world is hurting.

Today, my soul is grieved and weary and hurt. For my own Hard and the toil it has had in recent days. For our country’s Hard and the violence, the blaming and the uncertainty. For our world’s Hard and the suffering and injustice. Over the past year, there have been moments where the Lord has…