Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

Remember 1,000 days ago when people started doing puzzles and home projects? Remember when we were side-eyeing everyone to see how we were supposed to endure the shelter-in-place status? Remember when people were sprinkling sentences with phrases like “extra” and “free” time?   Some of you still have a strong puzzle game. Some have lost…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

For anyone who has taken a blow or is standing with the pieces of broken dreams in your hands, you are especially on my heart today.   Seniors Eighth graders Kinder parents All students Brides Grooms Parents Unemployed Financially stressed Business owners School leaders Bereaved   Hope will emerge amidst the rubble. It’s a matter…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: Renewal

She shifted direction and headed straight for the flowerbed–instead of the car. Observing her movements, curious about the sudden pull toward the plants, I was alarmed to see her bend down and break the stem of a plant in my humble garden.   My mom is a wizard with plants. She knows when to prune,…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: Renewal

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

“…in the middle of some of my hardest seasons, I’ve looked at the canvas of my life and felt like maybe God had gotten lost, or even maybe skipped over me. * That He indeed had good plans for many, but somehow I wasn’t included. I often hope to see a finished work, but get…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

Community · Encouragement · Hope

Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

While communities scramble for rations of toilet paper and milk, everyday problems and matters of the heart have not let up. Suffering is showing up-business as usual. While taking care of one of our children post-surgery, we were presented with unexpected news and a decision that taxed our minds and labored our hearts. We grappled…… Continue reading Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

Community · Encouragement · Hope

Refresh: A Monthly Worship Gathering

Is anyone else thankful for the arrival of February? Goodness. Because January didn’t play nice, I am eager for the Refresh gathering this month. What is Refresh? It is a once a month gathering designed for women who need a soul recharge. We worship, share encouragement through teaching, and spend time in prayer. It is…… Continue reading Refresh: A Monthly Worship Gathering

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Welcome to a new three part vlog series! {vlog=video blog} Each part of this series is roughly six minutes in length. That’s about the time it takes to check in on social media, curl your bangs, or warm up a frozen meal. While I know we are time poor, I hope you’ll invest six minutes…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Encouragement · Healing · Letters from the Heart

Dear Foster Baby, I’ll Never Stop Loving You

This letter was written by my friend, Letty. When I first read her words, I had to pause several times to collect myself. It’s such a beautiful expression of authentic love. Be prepared to experience the tenderness of her heart and the unique outlook she has on fostering. If you want to grab a tissue,…… Continue reading Dear Foster Baby, I’ll Never Stop Loving You

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

The Power of Change

  A blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were now blurred by the layer of fresh snow. The pathway to our casita was obscured by the tree branches bent low under the weight of the powder. I stood admiring…… Continue reading The Power of Change

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

The new year offers the hope of fresh possibilities. Whether picking words to guide us, goals to advance us, or plans to transform us, we welcome the opportunity for a fresh start and new beginning. It’s therapeutic turning the page on the previous 365 days. Clean slates are synonymous with re-dos. Who hasn’t desperately longed…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday