For when joy feels like a foreign country you don’t have permission to enter. … More The Pain of Being Happy: Letting Go of the Guilt of Joy in 1200 Words or Less
Average read time: 3-5 minutes. Have you ever heard the (very true) story of Florence Foster Jenkins? Long story short, she was a wealthy philanthropist who absolutely loved to sing, even though she couldn’t, and created a musical career for herself out of her poor voice. Most people attended her performances and purchased her recordings … More How the Story of Florence Foster Jenkins Can Encourage Us in Christian Worship
Sometimes, I feel insecure in my gifts, strengths, and personality. And sometimes, especially because I’m female. … More How One Man Legitimized My Worth as a Woman
Average reading time: 5 minutes On June 5th, 2016, I found myself sobbing alone in the driver’s seat of our car in a CVS parking lot in Northern Michigan. We made a stop on our way back home from Nick’s brother’s Canadian wedding, and Nick ran inside to grab a couple of items. I was … More The Most Difficult Year of My Marriage in 1200 Words
Average reading time: 5 minutes. I sit here and I think as I write this that I am not an authority on anything. I probably shouldn’t be writing this. I am a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, heterosexual white female in my late twenties and have never experienced institutionalized racism/discrimination (and never will). I have that privilege. Although … More The Saddest Week
I don’t usually write about summer; all the other seasons, yes, sure. But not summer. It is too hot and sticky, and contains too many memories of childhood boredom—me and my sister, wilting in the heat on a backyard swing set. On days it was too hot, when our parents were both working, we would … More Vacant Summer
This information is nothing new—really there is nothing new under the sun—but it is my reflection on the last five years of a happy marriage and how our relationship has challenged me to grow. It may look like a lot of content, but it reads fast. I started writing about marriage five years ago when … More The Fifth Year of Marriage: things I have learned.