10 Minutes of Prayer

I am really bad at praying. Although it involves one of my favorite things, talking, I just continually fail to have a prayer life that doesn’t fall flat. Talking with other Christians, I hear stories of people praying for hours. Deep into the night praying and crying and connecting with God. Although I have had…

Before I Go on Another Diet

I have put on a few pounds since my wedding.   It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I have put on a little weight, because before the wedding I was involved in awful, unspeakable things like working out 6 days a week and eating healthy almost every day. I would get up…

Empty Mugs & Full Hearts

About a month ago, I published a post declaring it was going to be the best school year ever. I decided then that I was going to be positive and happy and encouraging at all times and focus on all the little things that I loved about my job. But that was a month ago,…

All of our Somethings Could Change Everything

Every waking moment, there is something new to be heartbroken about. Watching the news feels like punishment as  I struggle to find a balance of empathy and compassion for those suffering that doesn’t paralyze me. Hate groups in Charlottesville. Hurricanes in Texas. Refugees from Syria. Ignoring the pain of the world by turning my eyes…

3 Things I Have Learned About Marriage

Marriage is everything I thought it would be and much, much more. Easier in some areas that I thought would be challenging,  yet it’s harder in areas that I thought would be a breeze. A little over two months ago we made our vows, and there have been difficult moments, as everyone told me there…

June 17, 2017

In no organized fashion or chronological order, here are pictures from the very best day ever. Thank you to Jenna Wood (love your name) for pictures and Lauren Luecke for the incredible flowers!       The beginning.

My First Trip to Costco

My husband and I planned to go on a post-dinner walk to help digest the hot dogs we just ate from the food court (more on that later), but I let him know I felt I needed to write a blog post to process my thoughts and feelings after our first Costco experience. He thought…

Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby’s, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of…

5 Questions for Parents Who Have Taken Children to the Beach

Parents do a lot of hard, even heroic things. I recently found out how much my parents paid for me to have braces, and life slowed down for a second. They could have bought a car or gone on luxurious vacations but instead they paid for 3 sets of metal brackets on their daughters’ teeth….

The Inner Rooms

One of the biggest arguments against Christianity I hear is that we are hypocrites. We preach love but walk in hate. We claim Jesus is light but make decisions that continue to slowly, or quickly, dim that bright illumination until we settle into our own darkness. I can’t argue that I have royally screwed up….

If God is Good Now

24 days ago I got married. As we left the reception, Max and I buzzed through Starbucks and I got a free iced coffee because I was in my wedding dress. I’m not above pulling this stunt again. 17 days ago I moved into the house that Max and I bought together. It’s small and…

May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

I’m exhausted. Last week I had a student ask me if he could play me a song on his nose. Befuddled, I nodded. They didn’t teach me how to answer that question in college. He proceeded to place a finger on the side of his nostril and create a rattly humming sound as he “played” me…