Sharing the Journey

JOY – I wrote across the top of every page of my weekly agendas for the term in a bold pink sharpie. At the end of the term prior I had made some drastic moves to strip away commitments in order to focus on the core – that which mattered most. I was determined to […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood

May 7, 2021

Transforming the Calendar

“Do you love God most?” “Why are you crying?” “What would it take to…?” “Why does that make you so sad?” Questions are powerful. In recent years as I have navigated discerning different aspects of life, including relationship with God, the vocation of marriage, career, and personal vocation, I have been blessed with different types […]

Prayer & Growth

April 30, 2021

The Value of Questions

As I looked ahead to 2013, front and center in my mind was that after having our two daughters out of diapers and daycare for over a year, we were going to be starting over again with our third baby girl in April. I also knew that we might have another major life transition layered […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

April 7, 2021

Nurture 2013: Then//Now

After growing based on focusing on simplicity in 2010 and embrace in 2011, I narrowed in on a specific aspect of mindset by choosing gratitude for 2012. I saw choosing gratitude as a step further than merely embracing all that came my way. I chose the word at a time when I was going to […]

Prayer & Growth

February 16, 2021

Gratitude 2012: Then//Now

This Lent will be different for me than typical recent years, as I am on maternity leave and will not go back to work until Holy Week. While I do not have obligations related to my career in teacher education, my schedule is shaped by being deeply immersed in family life, so I am taking […]

Prayer & Growth

February 13, 2021

Lent 2021: Resources to Shape My Journey

My natural inclination is to want to know all the details, to know what to anticipate and start planning away accordingly. If I am trying to discern something, I desire to “just know” and move on into whichever the ultimate direction is going to be. However, recently God has been leading me on a journey […]

Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

January 24, 2021

The Beauty of Patience

Selecting embrace as my word for the year in 2011 strengthened a foundation for mindsets critical to growth.

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

January 16, 2021

Embrace 2011: Then//Now

Because I had my first daughter when I was 22, right after I graduated from college, navigating continued education and career choices has always included family as a factor. It has been an on-going journey to recognize different motivations impacting my decisions and to refine how I discern. Over the last 17 years, I have […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood

January 9, 2021

Career & Family Discernment

Back in 2010 when I began the practice of choosing a word for the year, simplicity was the first to speak to my heart. I noted, “With my definition, it means that I will be focusing on always evaluating and reevaluating what I can do to get back to having the simple things in life […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

December 14, 2020

Simplicity 2010: Then//Now

And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

December 3, 2020

Foundations Built with Whispers

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)