when Christmas calls for an act of defiance.

It feels like Christmas is coming at an inconvenient time, as my heart is wrestling with difficult things and certain relationships feel in tatters. (Anyone else?) Dear friends are sick or in the pain of their own broken relationships. Our world is hurting and sometimes I can barely stand to find out what has been…

when Christmas is the wilderness holiday.

I thought I would need to do a brave thing this week. I’ve spent weeks in prayer over it, asking for the Lord to get my heart ready. But as it got closer, there were setbacks, outside of my control. My heart felt devastated to discover that instead of movement and what felt like progress,…

7 early winter favorites.

These are some everyday things I’m loving right now. They are bringing such joy to these late fall/early winter days*. *I always want to call the time after Thanksgiving “winter,” even though my inner-calendar-loving heart knows we still have a few weeks until the winter solstice. This year, I’m just embracing that I think of…

remembering my worst holiday.

One of my favorite parts of Facebook is the feature that shows you that same day in the past. Sometimes I could go without remembering some of my status updates from my college self, but more often than not, it is a sweet reminder of the difference a year or a few can make. I’ve…

what leads to a better life.

I want to know what happens next. I don’t need to know everything. I just want a few details. Like how long we will live in Pennsylvania. Do we ever get to live close to my family? Like how many kids we will end up having. And are they adopted? How many times will I…

what I read in October [+ a giveaway]

October brought with it the coziness that is one of my favorite parts of the fall season. I love the hot coffee and tea parties; the cranberry muffins and pumpkin cake; the soup pot bubbling on the stove and the smell of fresh bread. But I also love fall evenings, curling up with a book…