Church Hurt and Church Healing

I love the church, but my gosh we've been through some painful things with churches in the past few years. And yet, it has felt so hard to speak out and say that we were hurt by a church. I hesitate to be one more person heaping scorn and criticism on an institution that I… Continue reading Church Hurt and Church Healing

2019: The Year of 100 Books

I read over 100 books this year. I didn't start out the year with that goal in mind, but it happened naturally. Books are my main hobby. Much of my free time is spent reading books, discussing books, or researching my next read. I have been a voracious reader since childhood, but never imagined that… Continue reading 2019: The Year of 100 Books

25 Things to Celebrate 25 Years

To celebrate my birthday this year, I wanted to do something different to mark what feels like a big milestone (to me anyways). Turning 25 means that I'm halfway through my 20s! When I turned 20, I was about to start my senior year at IWU. I hadn't even met Jacob yet. I had just… Continue reading 25 Things to Celebrate 25 Years

A Weekend in Grand Rapids

Where would you take me if I came to visit your city? I love asking my friends that question. Visiting friends that are spread all over the country often means traveling to a new city. When I travel somewhere, I want recommendations from the people who actually live there not just the tourist-y lists on… Continue reading A Weekend in Grand Rapids

A (kind of) Love Letter to Grand Rapids

Dear Grand Rapids, In August of 2016, I arrived here with big dreams and hopes that you would be my home and a place of new beginnings and adventures. Instead, we’ve had a complicated relationship from the very beginning, with my feelings wavering between hatred, love, and mere toleration. I have now lived here for… Continue reading A (kind of) Love Letter to Grand Rapids

When Mud Turns to Dust

Sometimes God uses doors slammed shut in our faces to lead us to better beginnings. But that doesn't mean that the bruises aren't still painful. Rejection has been a continual darkness and despair hanging over our heads in the past few years. Yes, we're provided for and extremely grateful for the gifts and opportunities that… Continue reading When Mud Turns to Dust

A Year of Healing

2018 was a year of healing. Not in the way I expected, but in so many ways I never would've imagined. Last January, I was in the midst of some of the worst physical pain in my entire life. The kind of pain that permeated my entire body and left me questioning whether or not… Continue reading A Year of Healing

Objects in Mirror

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.  Two weeks into my very first teaching job, I decided to tackle my lesson planning for the following week at Madcap Coffee. It was the last day of Whole 30. I was feeling accomplished for actually sticking to the strict diet plan, and a bit overwhelmed by… Continue reading Objects in Mirror

Two Years Later…

Two years later, my hair is still falling out and I am still going to counseling for anxiety*. May 2016. I started month 9 of the World Race in Guatemala. A series of different events all converged to leave me feeling broken, confused, and utterly helpless as I flew from Los Angeles to Guatemala City.… Continue reading Two Years Later…

Israel & Palestine in Pictures

Even though the best and most memorable experiences from our time in Israel couldn't be captured in a photo, some of these pictures come pretty close. 🙂 Jacob and I went on the Israel Study Tour through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) from January 2-12. Yes, it was a class for Jacob but I got… Continue reading Israel & Palestine in Pictures