From the Ashes of Defeat

“Here we are again, Lord. Hard to believe it’s been over a year now. The blog lies bleeding to death in my absence. Down to just a few loyal family members who know I’m still struggling to make it work. Everyone else has gone. Even I have gone.” –journal excerpt, June 2016 ___________________ One year. […]

What You Don’t See Coming

This weekend, I was almost killed by a goose. In retrospect, I suppose I should have paid more attention to the signs. It was the weekend of our church’s annual women’s retreat, and per my own tradition, I awoke before dawn and walked down to the water’s edge to await the arrival of the sunrise. […]

There Is Light Even Here

Everything is dying. My heart sank in my chest as my eyes took in the barren landscape. All color had drained from the world to pool in rusty puddles at the base of the trees, skeletal and stark against the gray cloak of the sky. A bitter wind rattled through their bony fingers, rasping as it burbled […]

The Cure For Feeling Left Out

This past week, my left-out-itis flared up pretty bad. I had to turn down a super-fun event with friends because of my job. Again. The phrase “Sorry, I can’t come—I have to work” has become an all-too familiar part of my vocabulary. And not because I work too much—I work a standard 40-hour week. But […]

A Letter To My Idols

To my favorite idols (you know who you are): We need to talk. We’ve been together for a long time now, haven’t we? You’ve been my constant companions through turmoil, doubt, and despair. You were always with me in the dark places of my life, and you were the VIP guests at my self-hosted pity […]

Arise, Shine

The morning has come too soon. I groggily slap the snooze button on my alarm clock (yes, some of us old-fashioned types still have one) and snuggle down into the warmth of my bed-cave. As the early morning light seeps through my windows, I blearily mutter those infamous last words: “Just five more minutes…” Two […]

Zeroing In On The Truth

Have you ever felt like you just signed up for way more than you can handle? Yep. That’s how I felt this week when I agreed to help a family member train for a half-marathon. Uh-huh. A half-marathon. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I am not a runner. Not even close. You […]

Take Up Your Sword

A few years ago, I was in the midst of reading Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers when I made the impulsive decision to join the local fencing club. I was living in France at the time, and based on what I had been reading, I naturally anticipated a great deal of swashbuckling, gallantry, and general […]

No More Excuses

Hey everyone! Today I’m linking up with Suzie Eller’s #livefreeThursday. If you’re visiting from her page, welcome–it’s a joy to have you here! If you haven’t been over that way yet, you should go check out her site for beautiful inspiration penned by lovely ladies! Today’s theme: no excuses   Two of the most familiar […]

When Our Perfection Crumbles

It was going to be perfect. After days of searching, I had finally found the ideal recipe for my life group’s Chocolate Night: a heavenly-sounding fruit crumble involving fresh pears, hearty spices, and creamy Nutella. The recipe claimed it would only take forty minutes, start to finish. Forty minutes. For a snazzy-sounding dessert. With Nutella. […]