parenting

A Letter to Our Oldest, the (Almost) Graduate

Yesterday your graduation announcements arrived, and it all finally became real. I'm trying so hard to be cool about all this... to trust that it's time. That you are ready. That I am ready. That your dad and brothers are ready. And while I know that you indeed are ready for this, I know I… Continue reading A Letter to Our Oldest, the (Almost) Graduate

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faith stories, ministry

Our Story {A New Chapter… or Book}

Soon after my basement revelation, Brian had a conversation with an old acquaintance... someone he had met during our early days in ministry. This man had an outdoor men's ministry and Brian had invited him to lead a men's event at our church in Texas. He liked him so much that he invited him to… Continue reading Our Story {A New Chapter… or Book}

encouragement, faith stories, ministry

Our Story {the Ozarks Chapter Continued}

One Sunday in early September we were in church and I remember looking over at Brian and realizing how much of a toll the previous couple years had taken on him. He was so good at embracing where he was, but I knew. I knew how tough the past couple years had been on him… Continue reading Our Story {the Ozarks Chapter Continued}

faith stories, ministry

Our Story {the Ozarks Chapter}

A little over two years ago our lives were changed fairly dramatically and with very little warning. I have held this part of our story pretty close for a few reasons - mostly, because I feel incredibly vulnerable sharing it publicly. Ministry is both hard and beautiful, often at the same time, but if there's… Continue reading Our Story {the Ozarks Chapter}

faith stories

The Minister’s Wife Who Wasn’t: Detours, Hope, and a Redeemer God

I’ve lived a pretty cushy life. My Christian walk has been, for the most part, a breeze. Bits and pieces of sadness and fear along the way, but mostly? The path has been smooth and easy. Sunshine and wildflowers, naps, a waterfall of Diet Coke... just kidding. I’m trying to give those up. But you… Continue reading The Minister’s Wife Who Wasn’t: Detours, Hope, and a Redeemer God

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Waiting, Growing, and a Good God

I'm constantly at war with myself. Okay, maybe that sounds a little dramatic.... let me try that again. My personality conflicts with itself. Yeah... that sounds a little better, but not really. I'm a first-born, goody-two-shoes people-pleaser with a strong personality and a mouth that sometimes thinks way faster than my brain. See? War and… Continue reading Waiting, Growing, and a Good God