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…

The Engagement

This past week is a difficult one to describe, because the last 7 days showcase the amazing, redemptive, sovereign hand of God that carried me through the 26 years leading up to them. The hand that knew He had so much better for me, and no matter how many times I tried to take it into my own two,…

The Old Has Gone

  On rare occasion I get into the type of mood that can only be described as the “Perfect Storm.” I am overly caffeinated and faced with a large chunk of time to myself (which is why this is so rare) , when suddenly it’s like all the clutter around me becomes unbearable. All at once,…

Jesus For Breakfast

Most everything about me is complex, except how I take my carbs. The simpler the carbohydrate, the higher the pleasure. It is a directly proportional relationship. As the carbs get more complex, like a sweet potato or a lentil, my attitude, overall mood, and level of satisfaction drops steadily. Hit me with a piece of white…

The Next Four Years

  Four years ago, I was 22 years old and had my life totally figured out. I was in my second year of teaching and could cook a one course meal using a frying pan. Curiosity killed the cat, as they say, and my roommate Kendra and I blew out the pilot light on our gas fireplace….

The Knowns and The Unknowns

Nothing is easier for me than getting stuck in a cyclone of “I don’t knows.” I spin around and around until I am totally exhausted and have gotten no where. I don’t know why people get into debates on social media. I really can’t wrap my head around this one. To my knowledge, approximately zero people…

What God Does in the Discomfort

Patience and perseverance are not two of my strongest qualities. Unlike some of the Olympian greats, I prefer not to work hard, push through tough circumstances or wait extended periods of time to arrive at what I want. I prefer instant results with the least amount of work and discomfort possible. (Someone write this on an inspirational poster.) Max…