When Something So Natural Won’t Work Naturally [Guest Post]

I met Kristin at my darling friend Rachel’s bachelorette party in Florida. She was strikingly beautiful, outgoing, funny, and, the more I got to chat with her, I recognized a deep kindness and spirit of empathy within her. I told Rach, “Your soon-to-be sister-in-law rocks!” (In fact, all of her sister-in-law’s are so beautiful, inside … Continue Reading

Church, the Bible, and Four Small Words (a Book Recommendation)

When E and I first moved to Chicago in August, we set out to find a church we could both feel at home. Little did we know it would be the very first place we tried out: Soul City Church. The funny thing is that Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens, the lead pastors, were on a … Continue Reading

More Than the Trend: Why Jesus and Minimalism Go Hand in Hand

When E and I first got married we settled on a “life motto” to live by together– “When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.” It’s kind of mind blowing when I think about who I used to be. Do you ever do that? Catch yourself staring at an … Continue Reading

Gray

I haven’t always welcomed other beliefs, but it was my husband who, in his own season of doubt and unbelief, inspired me to ask hard questions and dig deeper. Who’s to say that the God I believe in isn’t the same God as the one somebody else prays to by a different name? Who’s to … Continue Reading

Choosing Real

Hello 2017, You’ve been a bit of a disappointment. I ran into your arms at the pace of my 6th grade skinny-self while 2016’s shadow lingered behind. I hoped you’d be a net of safety and comfort; a fresh start. But who was I kidding? You came, but not without my sassy attitude and negative feelings. I … Continue Reading

When My Eyes Met The Tree Tops

Rebelling, taking the easy route, letting selfishness rule. These three, I tell ya. They’re attractive, tempting, and as natural as a chocolate covered long-john doughnut hitting my lips. I’ve heard we’re the sum of the five people we spend time with most. E, my goofy groom, is obviously the top person I spend time with by far. … Continue Reading

The Upshot of a Weekend Well Spent

My goodness, sometimes I have so many things I want to say that I don’t no where to begin. I could start by telling you all about my recent meet-ups with readers and women I’ve connected with online. I could tell you about how E and I didn’t end up getting a Christmas tree this year … Continue Reading

19 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) This Year

She wrote it as an announcement; a praise of thanksgiving. (Truth is, I probably would’ve done the exact same myself. A hard pill to swallow.) Burning, my eyes read the caption beneath her perfect photograph: “2016: I got married, we bought our first house, remodeled, moved into our new home, launched my online boutique, and announced WE’RE PREGNANT!!! What … Continue Reading

Dear Diary

I gave myself permission to take a month off blogging. I thought I needed it. Then, after a few days of suppressing the desire to scratch my itch. I sat and wrote. Freeing my soul, worshiping in a way I will never be able to express through words themselves. You’re my therapy. (And Lord knows … Continue Reading

Remind Me I’m loved, Soften My Heart, & Give Me a Good Laugh.

9 Books Reviewed + a Giveaway I’m a binge-reader. Once I have a couple of books in hand that I’m excited about, there’s really nothing else I’d rather do than curl up on the couch and get lost in a book. The older I get, the more I choose staying in over going out, saving … Continue Reading