No Other Gods

2 Kings 17 describes the Assyrian capture of Israel and the Assyrian king’s resettlement of Samarian land. He brings in several groups of people with pagan backgrounds who worship a multiplicity of false gods – people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim (v. 24). It’s specifically noted that they “did not fear the Lord”…

6/13/20 | We’ve Moved . . . Again

We made it to Colorado (finally!) in the past two weeks, just in time for things to slowly start reopening. It has been fun to take Iva out to the park and watch her stare at the trees and squirrels, and Devynn and I have really enjoyed being within driving distance of some dear friends…

Birth Story (& Photos)

I’ve been trying to sit down and write this in increments for two months now, though I haven’t tried too hard since, one, taking care of a newborn is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, and two, my labor and delivery of Iva Jane was so smooth and uneventful it kind of seems boring…

Moving, Motherhood, and Other Hard Things

Our pastor in Virginia told us a few weeks ago, “There is no ‘tired’ like ‘new parent tired.’” Add a sudden cross-country move and a global pandemic on top of that, and the result is a complicated mix of tired, angsty, lonely, and generally just stretched. I think stretched in particular describes most of what…

Update . . . From Kansas | 4/24/2020

Along with the rest of the world, we Hagemans are trying to figure out what life is supposed to look like in the midst of a pandemic (as well as the arrival of a newborn). We had been planning to move to Colorado in April of 2020 from northern Virginia since last summer; but as…

3/24/20 | Things Are Quite Different

Within the past month we have welcomed our tiny girl and witnessed the effects of COVID-19 on our corner of the world. Needless to say, there is so much that has changed since our last update and I’m not sure what exactly the blog will look like over the next couple of months. I (Jessica)…

Update | 2/18/2020

Keeping consistent with blog updates has always been a challenge for me. Let’s hope these prove to be an exception to the rule, especially as life continues to get more complicated and taxing. I (Jessica) am sitting in my favorite coffee place in downtown Fredericksburg as I write this, and “Take Me Home, Country Roads”…

2/3/2020 | Sowing and Reaping

The winter blues (and the general blues that tend to come with transitional seasons) have hit the Hageman house this week. We’re trying . . . trying . . . to chug along in the spirit of the Psalmist, who declares, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with…

Believer, You Are Not Your Own

You know those moments when you come across a quote that seems like it was written for the sole purpose of making you, personally, question your entire approach to life? It happened again today while I was casually scrolling Facebook (I almost included “minding my own business,” but that’s the opposite of what we do…

Let’s Talk About Money

Terms like “budget” and “financial awareness” have struck dread in my heart for as long as I can remember. I know that the majority of my most pertinent, deeply-embedded sins are made manifest in the way that I’ve approached financial matters for the past decade of my young adult life. Many of the Whys behind…

(Brief) Family Update | 1/22/20

I (Jessica) meant to write a new update each week on Sunday, but it might take a while before that becomes super consistent. Thanks in advance for bearing with me. It was recently confirmed that the pain in the lower half of my body that happens most nights is indeed sciatica, which is unfortunate, but…

Update & Maternity Photos | 1/12/20

It seems like we’re just now catching our breath after the wave of holiday (and emergency) travel that hit us from September until Christmas. Every thirty days, at least, we were driving or flying to North Carolina or Colorado from our home in the D.C. metro area. Only one of those trips – a last…