Scared of Christmas

Josh and I were not planning on being in the Santa picture. Each year we herd our children to the local North Pole satellite location, so they can sit on Santa's lap, smile and "say cheese." They are then rewarded with a candy cane. This year turned out a little differently. Ezra was leery about … Continue reading Scared of Christmas

Something’s missing from the nativity

Engaged. Pregnant under suspicious circumstances. Perplexed. If someone came to us with a story like Mary's today, we would laugh at them and not believe a word they said. I'm thinking that the circumstances in Mary's time were close to the same, if not worse. Is it any wonder then, that after her visit from … Continue reading Something’s missing from the nativity


The first time I was asked to give my testimony was on a mission trip to Venezuela with my church youth group. It was the summer after my senior year of high school, and I had never been that far away from home. Everything was different; the people, the language, the food, the weather. The … Continue reading {Testimony}

Freedom from “Please like me”

I just really want you all to like me...and by you all, I mean everyone. As I'm walking Eli to school on Wednesday mornings, lugging the baby carrier with its 20 lbs of baby inside, calling out to Ezra to hurry up so he doesn't get hit by a car, spurring Cora on to keep … Continue reading Freedom from “Please like me”