Girly Photo Scavenger Hunt (Winter)

"See the beauty and the magic that surround you, no matter where you are." (Christen Olivarez) Welcome to the long duration of cold between Christmas trees and Easter eggs. It's a stark season, winter, but there's beauty here if you know where (and how) to look. Seeing seems easier with a camera in front of... Continue Reading →

Waiting in the Mystery

You can't read through many of the psalms (three, to be exact) without encountering an odd little Hebrew term that might catch you off-guard: selah. Growing up in church, I was taught it meant to stop and ponder, but the Sunday School teacher was brief in her description and didn't really appreciate my incessant questions.*... Continue Reading →

When the Rain Starts

"I don't like you anymore!" Can you hear it? My heart breaking? The outcry against this sucker punch to the soul? After being cast out of Eden due to our own rebel rhythm, we were plunged feet-first into brokenness. It taints everything, and it's impossible to escape life unscathed. We've all been wounded. We all... Continue Reading →

Refreshingly Full

And that's not all, folks! If you call in the next ten minutes, we'll throw in our extra-fancy doohickey FOR FREE! Don't wait! Call now! This offer won't last! Take a minute to breathe. I loathe those commercials, cheesy as they may be. I don't mind the cheese. I mind the urgent feeling they create,... Continue Reading →

See You in the Funny Papers

Have you ever laughed so hard you snorted milk out of your nose? Or peed a little? You know the laugh I'm talking about. Not the pretty one that's totally acceptable for social interactions. The belly laugh you have zero control over. The one people join in laughing at because it's so funny. The unique... Continue Reading →

Sweetly Broken

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2) Repentance. Ew. Anyone else? I love how the 1828 version of Webster's dictionary puts this old church word: in theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to His character and government, and the foulest... Continue Reading →

Gentle Re-membering

Journals and I have always had a thing going on. My earliest entry is scribbled in a hardback teddy bear volume with the following message marking the inside front cover: Boys. Parents. Brothers. More boys. Homework. Pets. Boys. Thus begins a lifelong saga of documented hardships. I hope you can sense the eye rolling from... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

CATHARSIS (n): the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions* Like throwing away an old calendar and replacing it with a brand-new, clean, shiny one for a brand-new, clean, shiny year. There's something so purifying about January 1. It's a reminder that God never stops working; He's always up to... Continue Reading →

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