How to Survive Midwest Winters

Surviving Mid-West Winters can be hard. The older I get, the more these long periods of grey skies get to me. So… I’m trying to be more intentional about finding ways to make the dreary coldness more enjoyable. First, watch this… hilarious, and actually helpful. Plan your trips to Haiti during this month.  Or really…

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas! – Nick & Amber The holidays have often felt so hurried for me, but this year, I’m trying to intentionally focus on Advent and the depth of what Christmas really means. We had family over for a quiet night with indoor smores, Christmas cookies and Home Alone, a Christmas…

In the Name of These Refugees…

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner Advent Begins. It’s a new practice for me, a journey trying to become more intentional through the Christmas season – and…

It Was a God Thing

Over 10 years ago, my mom started a project. She wanted people to see God working around them. The more she asked around, the more people started sharing these amazing stories of God’s work in their lives. Sometimes it was crazy – and other times it felt somehow ordinary. But it teaches us how to…

Marco Island

We shared a beautiful week with Nick’s family in sunny Florida! Between a myriad of awesome restaurants (we are foodie wannabes) and lots of quality time (my fav!) it’s a week we’ll treasure forever. We even managed to hit the Everglades (really cool!) and jet ski with dolphins! Til next time sunshine and tanned skin….

EPIC Global Missionary Adventure

This was an EPIC weekend! The Global Missionary Adventure was a feat that brought together our church in AMAZING ways. We are just so grateful (and have tired feet.) Our goal was to help our local churches understand more of what 10 missionaries are doing and mobilize people to pray and support. 9+ months of…

A Global Adventure is Coming…

We’re neck deep in planning for an EPIC adventure next weekend. It’s a compilation of a lot of work on many Missionary Advocate teams. For me, it’s been a much longer journey – one I’m humbled to see a part of happening in this event. Through my ministry work with LSM, through Perspectives and the…

Not Ready Yet

There’s been a cold, misty, blustering wind and rain for the last few days that seems to be ushering in Fall in a hurry. I’m not ready for it. So instead, I’ll look at these warm, summery pictures from last weekend with family and think sunny thoughts… Sometimes it feels as if my heart screams “I’m not…

Small Things

Tsh Oxenrider (The Art of Simple) is my new favorite author/blogger/podcaster. This summer I’ve been mulling around her thing “What’s Saving Me Right Now.” She talked about the simple little things that she’s adding into her life during the summer to make it special, meaningful and manageable. I’ve been on a mission to add in…

Travel Michigan

It’s a closer jaunt for us than the ocean, has no sharks and bespeaks the kind of slow living we seem to lack too often. A week in Ludington, MI was just the right pace for us – filled with family, beautiful white sandy beaches and trips to the lighthouse. Exploring harbor towns and kayaking…

How We Do Training Weekends

We’re in a fun season of trainings as Nick is working his way towards licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. We’ve both really loved these getaways and thrived on experiencing different areas. Thankfully the trainings usually run from about 9-5 with a lunch break, giving us plenty of fun time together too! WHERE TO…

Sweet Summer

Summer is in full swing. It’s full of travel, trainings and busy schedules, punctuated by pockets of sweet rest at our favorite places. We did a 4-day trauma healing training in Illinois that proved to be a beautiful time with this group! The following weekend, we were back in IL for a wedding and got…