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…

Unsalted: A Week In Ludington

We just returned from a wonderful week with family enjoying the unsalted beaches of upper Michigan. And although it was a working vacation, we loved being able to share this time with family in such a beautiful area.   So thankful for this crew, and for the great memories we created this week. Step by…

Weirdest Foods of Asia

“Lord where you lead, I will follow. What you feed me, I will swallow. But this one… you’re going to have to help me keep down.” – Tim Sprunger We saw some seriously weird food over the last month in Asia, and thought they were well worth sharing 🙂 Some were fabulous! Others… maybe a little more…

Deeper into Asia We Go!

From Thailand, we traveled to yet another country for a very different addition to our trip. Here, our goal was to encourage a great family living and working in Asia and learn more about their work to help local communities. We adored our time here – and are so thankful for the memories we made! Our time…

Thailand – Food, Culture & Friends

We are so thankful that Mark was stable enough for us to continue on our journey through Asia. Here’s where our trip starts going in fast motion. We traveled from Japan to Malaysia to Thailand for a quick weekend in Chiang Mai to see some wonderful ministries and connect with friends.  Then we were off…

Japan – Not the trip we expected

We left for Japan last Tuesday with adventure on the horizon, having no idea what really lay ahead.  (Wednesday) An overnight layover in Shanghai gave us the chance to try some unique cuisine (and laugh over some of the crazy options none of us really wanted to try.) (Thursday) We arrived in Japan and began…

Graduation Getaway

Nick graduated with his third Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this month! It’s been quite the road, but we are excited for the new opportunities in this next season… with lots of clinical hours and hopefully at the end of a two-year + process, licensure. But lets not get ahead of ourselves. Right now, we’re…

Grace & How it Shapes Our Response

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 A friend shared a beautiful podcast with a group. It specifically talks about homosexuality and our response…

Hello Spring

“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder This weekend was the perfect time to spend in the outdoors too. While my husband worked hard on his grad school projects, I declared an unofficial screen fast and headed outdoors. I don’t know about you, but spring…

Getting Quiet

“I will praise you O Lord, with all my heart. I will tell of your wonders.” – Psalm 9.1 Do you find it hard to get alone and quiet your spirit? The times when I get there, I know I’m at my best. I’m a better listener, more creative, more in tune with the Spirit……