fear, trust, and the space in-between.

The year after I graduated college, I was face-to-face with the fact that my reality didn’t match how I’d imagined my life turning out. I thought I would meet my husband in college, probably graduating with a ring on my finger. At the very least, I would be dating someone by now. Instead, I was…

a birthday letter for my girl.

My daughter turns two years old tomorrow (June 25). And there’s some things I want to tell her on this day to celebrate her life. Feel free to listen in. My darling girl, I never could have imagined what this year would hold for us. We moved across the country just after your first birthday….

when being brave includes cake and nap-time.

When my cup feels empty and my reserves are running dry, sometimes the last thing I want to do is slow down. I don’t want to slow down and look my Hard in the face. I don’t want to see how weak and needy I might actually be. I don’t want the reality of how…

On holding fast when your life feels shipwrecked.

In the previous Hard, there were a precious few things I held tightly to in order to make it out. There were certain people who spoke truth to me in a way I could hear it. There were things that made me feel alive and have hope that this wouldn’t last. There were sweet verses…

When the answer is no to your birthday prayer.

I don’t often ask the Lord for something with a specific timeline in mind. Usually, I leave the timing up to him, with an “as soon as possible, but when you think it is best” addendum. But this time, I asked him for something specific and tied it to my birthday. I asked if it…