The Island Reminds Me

“Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when your clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.” N.D. Wilson A friend’s husband just got diagnosed with cancer. Far too young, far too quickly. His battle…

Praying for the Nations

I have been so blessed to share several special meals over the last few years with a growing group of friends.  We pick a country, dig up authentic recipes and all try our hand at a new dish. Then we come together for a fabulous potluck of sorts, laughing, trying, teasing… and learn together about…

Crafting a Purposeful 2017

“It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. Do what lasts; let the rest fall away.” – Bob Goff I love the beginning of a new year.  For me, it’s a sacred time to take stock of the year behind and be intentional about the one to come. This New Year’s was…

A Very Merry Christmas (Part 1)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16 (NLT) The first of many Christmases came this weekend, complete with our fancy Christmas dinner on Mom’s beautiful china, the Christmas story and meaningful…

An Ethical Christmas

The Christmas exchanges always happen over Thanksgiving… and then we’re off to the races with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We give, and the spirit of that can be so sweet. But what if you could step away from the great deals and do something more meaningful? What if your purchases could mean something for…

With Thanks

  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100.4-5   A couple years ago, I was feeling discouraged. The weight of longing and searching had brought me…

A Birthday Celebration

Nick’s birthday was a fun way to bring some of our friends together and celebrate. There’s nothing quite as special as knowing people want to be there for you – and so this year, I threw Nick a surprise!

Legacy

“It’s not going to matter if you have a few scars. It will matter if you didn’t live.” – Rich Mullins I’ve been contemplating this for a while, feeling the open wounds of sickness, loss and grief. Since writing last, we lost Nick’s dad – far too young and deeply missed. But somehow in that…

Wholehearted & Present

We’ve had a crazy few months with Nick’s father post-stroke, but were so grateful for the weekend away for our anniversary. “… What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re…

One Year

September 20 marks our first anniversary – a day we celebrate with great joy and thanks. This year has been full of so many rich adventures. We couldn’t be more thankful. Happy Anniversary, to a man who makes my life sweeter each day. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we…

Haiti

The air is heavy and thick, beating down and leaving trails of sweat along the back of your legs. Dust swirls from the cacophony of blazing motorbikes, vendors shouting and women swaying to the offbeat haze of roosters, children and honking horns. Life for just about everyone on this island is hard. And it’s not hard…