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
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
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
Monogamy just doesn't suit me. At least not when we're talking about careers. Our culture begins to condition children with ideas about work and vocation at a very early age. As soon as we start asking kids 'What do you want to be when you grow up?', we are pushing them towards a certain goal. The… Continue reading Growing Up and Job Monogamy.
Most of us can easily point to the things that are sucking the life out of us or draining our energy, but we rarely take time to acknowledge the simple things that are giving us life and bringing us joy. In her book, Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor talks about a time when she was… Continue reading Perfume, Liturgy, and FRIENDS:: What’s Saving My Life Right Now
In the past year, I've published six blog posts. I have seventeen more sitting in my draft box. Writing is something that brings me joy and also helps me process my own emotions and experiences in a healthy way. I want to share my writing, but perfectionism (among other things) keeps me from hitting publish… Continue reading Fighting Perfectionism with Pottery
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 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
If you’re married and you haven’t sat next to your spouse with no pants on, watching Brooklyn 99, then you’re missing out. But really. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZobxFhA4Th/?taken-by=catanacomics A few weeks ago Jacob and I were sitting on our couch watching Wall-E and eating snacks. Our window was open and we heard some friends in the parking lot.… Continue reading Marriage is about Getting Naked.