Jordyn, Who would have thought you'd hit double-digits during a global pandemic? There's this saying, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." It's so true. So much of this life has gone differently than I planned. But you, my dear, were one of the best surprises. I love that I get … Continue reading Jordyn’s 10th Birthday Letter
When my Dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, writing was my sanity. My journey was so heavily marked by his and the only thing I knew to do about that was to write it all down. 'For Pete's Sake' is a compilation of those writings. Indirectly telling the story of my father's diagnosis, progression, … Continue reading For Pete’s Sake
Dear Layla, Full transparency, your 12th birthday letter is hard to write. I want the letters I write for you to be honest and sincere. I want to give an honest picture of where you're at in your life, of where our family is, of where our world is. I want our relationship … Continue reading Layla’s 12th Birthday Letter
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I've been thinking a lot about the parables Jesus shares in Luke 15. Even if you aren't much of a Bible reader, even if you just appreciate the Bible as a historical book and nothing more, I think you should give this chapter a quick read. Especially if you're like me; prone to wander. Prone … Continue reading 100 Sheep
My days all consist of varying levels of grief. I haven't yet had a full day without a tear. Even happy things make me cry when I consider I can't share them with my Dad. But some days are mostly normal now. I spend a lot of time in introspection, considering loss; how we move … Continue reading Florida without Daddy
For the last few years, instead of setting specific resolutions, I have chosen a word. That word becomes my focus for the year. For 2017 my word was hope. And, oh, how I needed that word. There were so many moments that I needed to make a very conscious decision to not become hopeless. It … Continue reading My Word for 2018. Renew.
Dad died right in between my birthday and my sister's birthday. Crazy, right? Almost like, if he knew it was going to have to happen around this time, he wanted to make sure it was as fair as possible. It has made for some weird moments. Like my sister's birthday lunch- Mom, Gynny, and I … Continue reading Christmas without Daddy
On November 29, 2017 at 3:52 a.m. Daddy went to be with Jesus. There are so many stories about this past couple of weeks that prove that God has been with our family every step of the way. I am full of gratitude, full of hope, and I even feel deep joy. But I'm also … Continue reading Daddy
Hi friends. I'm still here. And there is a lot I've been wanting to say. Especially to the Christians. Especially about how social justice should be a natural extension of serving Christ. Especially about how loving our neighbor should take priority over political preference. Recently though, I've been doing a lot more listening and a … Continue reading Thinking