For When You Need Quiet

For When You Need Quiet

Last week, I felt my body start to give way. Regular tasks at work took ten times longer than usual. Evenings that typically held loads of laundry and bread-baking were exchanged for early bedtimes due to zero energy. I had no focus to read. The sore throat crept in mid-week, crumminess resigning me to the couch. But [...]

Grace That Keeps On Saving

Grace That Keeps On Saving

This is the beginning of my post for (in)courage. Read the full article here! My husband and I planned to meet my family for dinner one evening. To make a long story ā€” filled with blame, self-pity, mental road rage, and maybe a few tears ā€” short, I was late. Thirty minutes late. Forty minutes [...]

In Process

In Process

My thoughts on these last few weeks have most certainly followed a non-linear progression - an exasperated 'not again,' a quest for facts, misunderstanding and being misunderstood, anger surrounding division, submission to grief, hopes for reconciliation, questions about my role in this. I am a police officer's wife. But more than that, I am a Christian, [...]

To The Sea

To The Sea

I went to the beach last week. And when I took one of my morning walks, I remembered I wrote something two winters ago and never shared it. The words of this piece (edited slightly for length) came even before I posted this quote from one of my favorite authors. The ocean will always stir things [...]

In Anticipation of Easter

In Anticipation of Easter

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5: 3-4 It's been a while. The first few months of the year have required me to sink in deep each day. Peeling back layers of conversation, stints away from home, the [...]

Chicago

Chicago

Last month, Thomas and I went into Chicago. It was our first time going into the city together - a place that was very unfamiliar. We dared to navigate the Shedd Aquarium line, not to mention the beast that is the public transit system. I prepped and planned the day before, finding a cheap place to park and [...]

The Best Things That Happened When I Didn’t Have a Job

The Best Things That Happened When I Didn’t Have a Job

In three days, I start working again after a five-month hiatus. That means I'll use the slow cooker a bit more and should try to refrain from starting movies late Sunday night. But it also means there is a role in the world of campus ministry that I can fill, and I'm excited to devote [...]