An Ordinary Life 

I’ve had thoughts swirling in my heart these past few weeks. Almost tangible but never quite attainable. Thoughts on community and children and how it’s all so cosmic in the ordinary-ness of life. And how it’s not what we expected or even wanted but so much more than we deserve. It’s scary and lonely and […]


Slow, Durable, Beautiful

This weekend, I have had the pleasure and opportunity to grow and change by what I’ve learned at She Speaks. Our very first keynote speaker was Shauna Niequist, one of our favorite communicators. (You can find some of our posts here, here and here). Shauna challenged us to craft a life, the only one God […]

When You’re Waiting…

For the broken marriage to be put back together. For him to come back home. For the church to be unified. For the better hours and better paying job. For your child to be healed. For the debt to be paid. For your womb to be full. For the pain to leave. For the past to be […]

Four: God With Us

In every year of my marriage I have learned something new. There was love, grace, and this past year: God with us. Last year around this time I found out I was pregnant with our second child and we chose the name Jarrett Emmanuel. Little did we know the impact that name would have on our family. “God […]

The Cost of Adoption

Adoption is an enormous investment and the cost in a lot of cases is very high. People ask often how much adoption costs. Here’s the short answer: The home study, the background checks (federal and state), constant prayers, the mailing and faxing and shipping, the tears, the profile books, the application fees, the worry, the legal […]

An Unlikely Pair

This morning I found my kids jumping on the bed. Mozart radio was playing in the background on Pandora. The irony and incongruity of the scene was not lost on me. Mozart’s beautiful works are a strange juxtaposition to wild and rambunctious boys. But there they were, dancing and jumping to Serenade No.13.  Grace is […]