Bugs in the Garden

I find myself often thinking about God when we’re doing yard work. There’s obviously a natural connection between God and the outdoors, nature. Plus, working in the yard is often quiet work. Even if Chad and I are working on the same project– which we often aren’t– we don’t talk the whole time, leaving lots … More Bugs in the Garden

Subduing the Yard

When Chad and I moved into our house a year and a half ago, the front and back yards were completely overgrown. We had walls of evergreen bushes that blocked off whole sections of the yard in the back. We had pachysandra running rampant. We had a jungle of poison ivy, thorny plants and more … More Subduing the Yard


I have a strange fascination with grief, probably coming from death being my biggest fear– death of someone I love, death of my husband, death for me. It’s somewhat unreasonable how afraid I am of death, considering I am a person who believes that this life is not the end, that there is more, and that it … More Grief

Turning Hate to Love

Have you seen the new Honey Maid “This is Wholesome” campaign? It celebrates a variety of families sharing wholesome moments together. Unfortunately, some depictions of family, particularly the same sex couple, have been highly criticized. Honey Maid has received many negative comments about the campaign, saying it’s not wholesome but unacceptable. Honey Maid responded beautifully. … More Turning Hate to Love

My Father-in-Law

I met my in-laws for the first time about six weeks after Chad and I had been dating. We were studying abroad together in France our junior year of college, and his family came over to visit for Christmas. I met the whole family at once: Chad’s parents, his older brother and sister, and his brother’s … More My Father-in-Law

Eve, Beyond the Sin

I began a women’s bible study a couple weeks ago at my church called 12 Women of the Bible. Recently, I have been doing a bit of research and reading about women’s roles in the church and what the bible actually says about this, so this study sounded appropriate and promising. What spurred this dig … More Eve, Beyond the Sin