Thoughts on Heritage: In Memory of Patricia and Anne

There is a fair chance that I was awake on August 26th at 3:30 in the morning, feeding Iva and dozing back to sleep. If so, I did not know that I was newly bereft of my last remaining grandparent. My husband and I compare and contrast our families often, and while there are not…

Why Cloth Diapers?

I can’t remember when I first learned about modern cloth diapering systems, but I’m sure when I first heard that people use cloth in the 21st century I probably thought it was ridiculous. Why would you make parenting harder than it needs to be? Why would you want to do any extra laundry? What about…

To Be Content Is To Surrender

As you might know if you’ve been keeping up with us for at least a few months now, I have a contentment problem. It’s the cause of my overspending, my fluctuating between laziness and hyper-diligence, my people pleasing, and so on. I tend to make choices in a “grass is greener over there” mentality. God…

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…

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…

Do I Keep Blogging?

Writing in the 21st century can be hard. On one hand, it seems most people are convinced they have something new and important to say about every conceivable topic. The market is flooded. It isn’t a very novel thing (pardon the pun) to call yourself a writer in any capacity these days, regardless of what…

Reflecting on Integrity

Most of us have been taught to think of integrity in a very one-dimensional, surface level way. If you were to ask me even a week ago what the term means, I’d have probably answered that “to have integrity is to demonstrate consistency and honesty.” We also tend to think of integrity as something that…

Giving Thanks In All Things

One thing I’m grateful for during this week of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to visit in-laws and friends in Colorado (which is providing plenty of time for extra blog writing!). There is only so much you can do in Northern Virginia to deviate from its culture of busyness and ambition, especially when there are only…

Materialism, Minimalism, And Moving House

I remember catching the minimalism bug after watching the well-known documentary on Netflix a couple years ago. For several months afterward (and even now, honestly) I desired to give away my possessions and move into a tiny house, leaving the American dream behind and pursuing a life filled with new meaning and intentionality. As it…

Commencement and Surface Calvinism

How many of us are really just theoretically Reformed? This is something I’ve been asking myself as I near the completion of my undergraduate degree. I wish I could say my affirmations of God’s sovereignty were easy to actually apply to all the realities in my life, but the truth is that I struggle just…

Theology In The Thick Of Life

“O Lord, make me know my end     and what is the measure of my days;     let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,     and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are…

Wrestling With God

Why would God make Jacob wrestle with him in order to bless him? I’m sinfully stubborn – I rarely see the connection between God’s affliction and affection. These verses challenge my preconceptions about the role of happiness or ease in the journey of sanctification. I don’t want to wrestle when circumstances test my faith. I want to run.