Faith Like an Acorn

God is infinitely good and kind to me. Years ago, when we first found this property. It was for sale, and our church had just received the lowest offering in a while. We had medical debt we had collected while planting our church. The housing market had crashed, and nothing was selling in our area.

Yet, God works in spite of circumstances, and He planted a desire in my heart to pray and ask Him for this property. It started with this oak tree... 

Like Swiss Chard

My fingers moved across the spindly plants that were limp and clearly near death. I had grown them from seeds. They had survived an unexpected frost and had continued to grow. Recently, they had just plateaued. I thought to myself that maybe I just wasn’t very talented at growing Swiss Chard. Maybe, they just needed to pulled and thrown into the compost, so another plant could have its chance in their space...

When Dreams Die

How do you handle it when you watch your dreams catch on fire in front of you and burn in a glorious mess right when they were all coming together after years of closed doors, prayers, and planning? That feeling is where we are now. We are crushed.

For weeks, we have been hiding from the general public the most wonderful secret... 

Happy Birthday to Our 5 Year Old Pax

5 years ago, my world changed for the better. A miserably tough pregnancy culminated in the delivery of a beautiful baby boy. I lost so much weight while pregnant with him that at times my only goal was just to make it to the delivery day. Recurring gallbladder attacks ravaged my weak body and shattered our financial net. A few weeks early, Pax surprised us during an emergency room visit to get medical help and joined our family instead...

Washed by Grace

The waves wash over you as sure as the dawn of each morning's wake. You feel their rhythm- become worn by their friction. You don't know whether to give in or to fight, so you stumble back and forth...

Living with a Chronic Migraine Disorder

I'm five days into the longest streak I have had without a migraine since my surgery in December. I am hoping that this is progress and a good indicator that the new medicine I am on is doing its job well. I am sure that it is also the result of many prayers being asked my behalf. Having a chronic migraine disorder has been humiliating, frustrating, and often downright humbling...

Saving Gracie

I caved. I absolutely knew better as an extremely experienced bird owner. When I looked through the window at my begging cockatiel sitting lonely in her cage, I thought she had matured enough to sit with me on the porch for a few minutes. I decided that I would cautiously allow it. Five minutes later, it was almost disastrous...

My Beginner Square Foot Garden

I recently read the newest edition of "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholemew, and I was completely inspired. I love the idea of having a huge, thriving garden, but while we are living in a transitional place, we aren't close to Redemption Square and lots of acreage.

Quick Update

My appointment with my neurologist was somewhat uneventful which is a good and a bad thing. It's great because the MRI did not show a tumor that was big enough to be seen in my pituitary gland, which is what some abnormal blood tests seemed to indicate...

A Prayer to See

Since I had an unplanned hysterectomy at the end of December, the kids and I have watched far more movies than usual. My energy has been lagging unexplainably some days worse than others, and by late evening, a movie is often in order. The other night I asked Bryan to pick up a movie from Netflix that I "thought" was a family friendly movie...

Same Blog, New Look

I've been thinking about moving my blog over to Squarespace for quite a while now. Honestly, it didn't make much sense that I had a Wordpress blog when I built Squarespace websites as a career.

The Glory of God is Our Strength

The gray fog was thick on the river as the sun made its way over the horizon. It slid over the sleek surface bathing it in monochrome, and the sandbar took on its hue. My feet crunched through the white sand as my lab panted beside me on our morning walk. My soul was in distress, and I needed the fresh air...