Category Archives: Everyday Life

When your eyes start to be open to the injustices facing marginalized communities…. it feels like taking an overseas mission trip that is at the same time the most amazing life-giving and heart breaking experience.  And then you come back home and you can’t decide if you’re awful for kissing the ground you live on […]

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Here is one thing that I’ve learned to challenge myself to do when it comes to listening and learning about and leaning into the realities of POC (People of Color). When I feel like what they are saying doesn’t match my reality or my experience or even what I could even conceive of and thus […]

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I wonder if intentional ignorance or convenient silence will hold much weight or feel like very legitimate reasons when good godly people are held accountable for not speaking up and taking action about policies and leadership and systems and religious practices that hurt the marginalized, the poor and the oppressed. From my understanding of scripture, […]

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading about heroes of the faith and crucial leaders in the history of evangelical denominations…. and it’s taught me a lot of incredible things, and I can’t wait to share more about it tomorrow. BUT one thing it has taught me is that the church at large can be […]

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  D.L. Moody – 5th grade education, manuscripts full of spelling and grammar errors. He failed the test to become a member of the church when he was 18. Never went to college, seminary or was even ordained.  His humble beginnings meant that as an adult he never lost touch with common poor people; he […]

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The other night at the dinner table one of the kids said something to the tune of “he be in my class.” in reference to another student we were talking about. I was kind of surprised at my own quickness to correct him and the other adults around the table were just as eager to […]

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“Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS. Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. […]

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April blew through so quickly and might end up being my most favorite month of this whole year.  The weather was simply stunning here in Florida. Abel turned FOUR! And we took a two week road trip to North Carolina.  Dan’s brother got married. We had a wonderful time together as a family. We visited […]

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February 2017:  This month flew by and was very full. We are still loving the incredible weather here in Saint Petersburg and love to grill out and have smores night on the cooler nights. We’ve been reading to the kids after dinner and this month we’ve been reading through The Biggest Story. It’s a beautiful […]

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  In the past few years, some have wondered if I’m pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-democrat, anti-baptist, pro-liberalism….. Let me see if I can help clear up a few things. Although for some, this might just muddy the water even more so. Pro-Life: I am pro-life. However, lately, I find myself having more in common with […]

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What if I started talking about things like…. -Paid maternity leave -extension of medicaid for poor -healthcare and birth control coverage for the poor -Workforce initiatives that allow women to work and care for children -equal housing protections -equal pay for women doing equal work (currently 75 cents on the dollar) – education funding – […]

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This sweetheart, signs of healing of my body, heart & mind, new neon workout socks , Palm tree lined streets  (come visit me), end of era documentaries, a vehicle that keeps defying its age (300K baby!) and running , the weekend, date night , babies napping at the same time , having an ice maker in my fridge door, […]

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The gifts that can be ordered on Amazon I went ahead and put them in a list HERE. 1.  Moleskine Teal Journal  (it’s small but great for notes and easy to take with you) 2. Mac Little Lipstick at Ulta or LOC vibrant color matte Lipstick 3. Mini Glass Jar Candle Moss/Thyme (target)  4. OPI nail […]

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I think most of us live in families, go to churches, and work in places where if you took a poll about the current election you might find that between all of you it’s like your vote doesn’t matter because you just cancel each other out. HOW can those in the same family, the same […]

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That space travel really benefitted all of humanity in a lot of ways.  Dan and I were watching Apollo 13 one night together and I commented about what a waste of money and talent just to say we went to the moon. Well, one google search later, I was eating my words and Praising the […]

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Every now and then I join up with Emily Freeman and we talk about what we learned the previous month. It’s been so helpful for me because it’s made me develop a habit for noticing and being aware of the things that happen or that are new and make me think. April is my very […]

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