• Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood

    At Home in the In-Between

    The sloping driveway outside our apartment always caused us to slow down and take it at an angle, in order to avoid scraping the underneath of our car when entering or leaving. Our son grew so accustomed to that familiar bump that when he began to talk, he would often say, “Home!” in his little baby voice every time we returned to that bump at the beginning of the driveway. He knew we were coming back to his special place: home. But this summer, when he was about eighteen months old, we followed God’s leading to a new ministry in a completely different state. Our whole lives were changing, and…

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    While I’m Waiting

    I honestly didn’t want to write this post. The last few weeks I have avoided opening my Word Documents because writing this meant showing my soul; showing people my inner most struggle. It’s a war I often struggle to share with even the closest people in my life, so how on earth was I going to get it onto paper? But, I couldn’t get it out of my head. So here I sit with my faith playlist on repeat, coffee in hand, and jumbled thoughts.    The last two months have just been hard. Our foster care journey is at a standstill while we wait…and wait… and our infertility journey? Well,…

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    Battling Stereotypes

    What would you describe as “picture perfect”? Would it be a morning that your hair cooperates perfectly before you head to work? Would it be the time of day that your child naps well, so you have your Bible open and your coffee made?  Maybe your “picture perfect” moment is when your husband gets home from work, and walks in to a clean house and the aroma of a wonderful dinner on the table. Whatever it is, I’d like to ask you: is that an expectation you have made to help define yourself as a “good” wife or a “good” mother?    Now that you’re thinking about that, let’s consider…

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    Beautiful Seasons

    I recently read a children’s version of Anne of Green Gables with my daughter. One of my favorite quotes is “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I’m right there with you, Anne! The temperatures begin to cool and the leaves turn beautiful colors. We drink apple cider and eat pumpkin everything. It’s a glorious time of year. But soon, the first snow will fall. Here in Buffalo, we’ll march around in our boots and enjoy (or suffer through) the fluffy white stuff for many months. Though it may not feel like it, spring will follow winter, and summer will follow spring. Seasons are a…