REVIEW | Motherhood Without All The Rules

Motherhood often “feels like both too little and too much,” according to Maggie Combs. Not only do I have to agree with this sentiment, but I think it summarizes the feeling I often struggle with most on a day-to-day basis. Many of us moms try our best to remain faithful to the belief that motherhood…

Your Man-Centered Theology Will Crumble Under Persecution

Regardless of what your political affiliations are and what your response to the events this past week (or month . . . or year . . .) has been, you can’t honestly deny that the relationship between America at large and the Christian presence within it is going to be changing. While we might not…

Something A Little Different Coming To The Blog . . .

I’m not one for New Year “resolutions” in the usual sense, but I do believe it’s important, or at least beneficial, to have an intentional time of reflection during the season where one year transitions into another. Of course, there is nothing inherently magical about January 1st; and I agree with all those self-help gurus…

The Weary World Rejoices

As I write this, I sit by our living room window and look out on a small field covered with snow. Beyond that field, the sun is beginning to rise over the Denver metro area, causing the snow to look a deep blue color against the purple-orange sky. One of the things about Colorado that…

Brief Family Update | 12/10/20 | Another Season Of Change

What a year! At the Hageman home we have had our first baby, moved to two different states, changed jobs, joined a new church, and started school all in the span of the past ten months. What our life looked like in January seems like it happened in a dream. Another world. Not much of…

Be Not Afraid, Be Not Dismayed

Perhaps you feel it, too, lately: the tightness in your chest when you hear the most recent news, the weight of preemptive grief when you consider your child’s future, or the weariness that comes when trying to “choose joy” in your own strength day after duty-filled day. I have often heard people remark on how…

To Surrender Is To Obey

In the Christian life, you cannot separate being from doing. This is not what came to mind when I thought about “surrendering to God” in my earlier years of professing Christianity. Maybe you’ve heard that phrase a thousand times, too, and maybe it has helped you through many hard circumstances. I know it has for…

Dear New Parent: You’re Allowed To Change Your Mind

If you’ve followed us on Instagram, you will have noticed over the past several days that we are in the process of transitioning Iva into her own makeshift nursery (our big walk-in-closet, really) and beginning the Taking Cara Babies sleep training program. I don’t think any mom who has informed herself of her options and…

Holiness Isn’t Awaiting You “Out There”

The last picture I posted on social media before Iva was born (the day before, as a matter of fact) was of my pregnant belly looming over the study Bible and journal on my lap. A warm coffee and lit candle can be spotted in the background. Though I was still busy and responsible for…

Lord, Spite Our Worldly Expectations

John 6:22-59 describes one of the many uncomfortable encounters between Jesus and the Jewish people who had totally misunderstood the point of the Old Testament prophecies, rituals, and commandments (which were meant to anticipate Christ). In summary, a group of people approach Jesus the day after he miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with only…

Very Brief Family Update | 10/14/20

It has definitely been a minute since I last posted anything, which I’m sorry about. I had a lot planned and drafted throughout September, but a few things happened that threw me off my usual writing groove: Iva has suddenly changed her sleep routine on me, and instead of sleeping until 8 in the morning…