Layla Jean turns NINE on Monday!! Time for her annual birthday letter! My sweet Layla, Nine. Years. Old. WHAT??! How is that even possible? It is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that nine is halfway to eighteen. I know how quickly the first nine years went by. How do I slow down … Continue reading Layla’s 9th Birthday Letter
When I awoke this morning I had exactly zero desire to talk about hard things. That's been pretty common lately. Besides the word vomit my sister and I exchange by phone (how's that for a visual?!), my mouth stays shut. When someone says, "How are you?" My response is usually "Good!" Not because I'm a … Continue reading Anticipatory Grief is a Selfish Toddler
We heard her before we saw her, a high squeal echoing across the parking lot. It is a universal motherhood truth that if you go any length of time without seeing your child, they will insist on rapidly growing during that period. It's just a guarantee. The 5 weeks they spent apart turned her little … Continue reading When They Reunite
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
For the past few years instead of making a New Year's Resolution I have chosen a word. That word sticks with me throughout the year and is something I hold on to when I'm doing life. For example, 2016 I chose the word joy. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with … Continue reading My Word for 2017
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We have been busy, busy, busy- decking the halls and fa-la-la-la-la-ing. We Christmas so hard around here that we are allowed to use it as a verb. Yes, we love Christmasing. This season has been full of moments where I have laughed so hard I've cried- but I've … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Do you remember the horrible video that was trending on the internet showing the aftermath of Philando Castile's death? The week all of that happened, was the week that I started to feel alone. Because I couldn't quit crying over a traffic stop turned murder. I started reminding Kevin to be safe on the road … Continue reading (NO)More silence.