Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

The tree is in the corner of our living room. Its lights are bright and the ornaments are high so a certain little boy doesn't mess with them. I splurged on embroidered stockings last year and they hang off the blanket ladder to the right of the tree. All gifts have been ordered and wrapped… Continue reading This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

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Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith

The Bible sits on one of my mom's bookshelves. It's red, normal looking. Doesn't have an interesting design on the cover. Doesn't even have a name imprinted on the lower corner. I was ten when he died. My great-grandpa on my mom's side. She asked to have this particular Bible after his death. Inside the… Continue reading My Great-Grandfather’s Well | A Legacy of Faith

Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Against His Chest | Experiencing the Presence of God in Motherhood

He hasn’t been an easy baby, we say. As his personality continues to develop, his stubborn streak appears. We think he’s going to be a strong-willed child.  It’s a good thing God made him so cute, we say. Even in the overwhelming cuteness, our sanity dangles at times.  The challenging newborn phase isn’t so far… Continue reading Against His Chest | Experiencing the Presence of God in Motherhood

Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Why Journaling Matters

It was my sixth Christmas when I got my first journal. It was green and had a praying angel on the cover. Even though the pages would be penned in my very large learning-to-write characters and the greatest climax it ever saw was the frustration to be getting a second brother instead of a long-awaited… Continue reading Why Journaling Matters

Spiritual Growth, The Army Wife Chapters, The Marriage Chapters

An Ode to the Army

When you first introduced yourself I didn't know much about you. I apprehensively shook your hand. That clammy first handshake turned into a begrudging nod and after six years of eye contact we've become intimately acquainted. Since Hawk's days of wearing camo and dog-tags have officially come to an end, I thought it would be… Continue reading An Ode to the Army

Journaling, Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Make Yourself a Plate

Your theology is very personal. Lauren Chandler's statement has stuck with me in a profound way. These words, my journals, hold records of my theology, my very intimate and deeply personal wrestlings with God. Documenting this continuous journey of working out my faith by pressing deeper into communion with God. They chronicle so much about… Continue reading Make Yourself a Plate

Parenting, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Rocking Chair Hymns

It's 2:14am. I sit in the nursery rocking. Back and forth. Back and forth. The chair squeaks in cadence to the rhythmic movement. A half asleep son is in my arms. He slept so well during months two and three, but I'm finding myself having these middle of the night rocking sessions once again in… Continue reading Rocking Chair Hymns

Parenting, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Fletcher’s Birth Story

Fletcher Ridge joined our family on his due date, September 5th at 2:26 pm. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Hawk and I decided to go ahead and move forward with elective induction on my due date. I started progressing at 37 weeks and my body was ready, we were… Continue reading Fletcher’s Birth Story

Journaling, Parenting, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Letters From Mom – Part II

June 13 - Week 28 Dear Baby, I'm pretty sure you've grown while your daddy's been away for training. I've missed him. I think you have too. I think you miss his voice and large warm hand. We are officially in the 3rd trimester! 28 week today. It's hard to believe how fast it has… Continue reading Letters From Mom – Part II

Parenting, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Dear Baby | Letters from Mom

January 3rd - 5 Weeks Dear Baby, We found out about you two days after Christmas. After months of disappointment and "Not yets," God answered our prayers and the desire of our hearts. I started a new journal in early November with this verse: Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the… Continue reading Dear Baby | Letters from Mom