To Be Proud Of

January 12th, 2017|Courage, Encouragement, Growth, Hardship|

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over."  –F. Scott Fitzgerald Starting over. Each and every year we have an opportunity to start afresh. Honestly you have that same opportunity every day. Every moment can be a redirection of attitude. You could create [...]

God With Us

December 11th, 2016|Advent|

Women of NE, You are invited to be our contributors this month as we consider and connect through the following question: How are you experiencing Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us” this advent season? Reply to this post and share: words/memoir, a journalistic photo, a photo of something you’ve created, a poem, a link to a favorite song, or a tradition that points you/your family to Emmanuel. Your creativity is not limited to this list; [...]

Infertility / A Life-Giving Teacher

November 7th, 2016|Courage, Growth, Hardship|

For three and a half years now, I have walked life alongside infertility. At the beginning, the word infertility felt so cold to me, and daunting. Over the years, it has morphed into a familiar, stern teacher, not unlike Much Afraid's guides in Hinds Feet on High Places. (Read that book if you have not.) The final years of my twenties and half of my marriage have been accompanied by infertility. Though unplanned and still [...]

Experience Wine Differently

September 2nd, 2016|Courage, Discipleship, Encouragement, Growth|

So the other evening after putting the kids down for bed, Andre and I sat down in front of our TV to watch a documentary on Netflix, something that has become somewhat of a habit after having kids.  Unbeknownst to me, my husband had been searching the documentary list earlier in the day and had found one called “Somm:  Into the bottle.” This particular documentary was about sommeliers: a term used to describe a person [...]

Of Rocks & Life & Other Things

July 25th, 2016|Encouragement, Growth|

A handful of weeks ago I found myself with a rare break from the busyness and routineness of daily life, ankle deep in warm sand, hands on hips, looking out over the vast ocean-like expanse of Lake Michigan, searching for the opposite shoreline.  Above me, a shockingly blue sky dotted here and there with hovering white clouds, whose seemingly sole purpose a reminder that indeed I am looking up at the sky and not down [...]

Tears & Giggles

June 24th, 2016|Courage, Motherhood|

June 2015 The last few days have just swallowed me up. All I’ve wanted to do is hide in my bed under the covers and close my eyes. I woke at six a.m. to nurse my sweet-face eleven-month-old, Ruby. She’s relentlessly happy to see me and greets me with her six-teeth smile, even when I’m groggy and half-asleep. I snuggled her close to me. I knew this moment with her should be sheer joy and [...]

We Have To Start Somewhere

May 11th, 2016|Church, Courage, Unity, Women|

As I sit down to write a little today, I am in one of those low places.  Cloudy and cool outside, have not seen much of the sun for days.  It is midday and I am in pajamas.  Tony left this morning, frustrated with me.  My sinuses are infected, I’m tired, my house needs vacuumed, my face needs washed.  I feel greasy and unlovable.  I want to change how I feel and who I am. [...]