• Inspired

    Absence makes the thought last longer

    It has been quite some time since I have been in a regular blogging routine. I could share excuses, but there really is no one I must answer to, except myself. Writing for me is how I process, so you can imagine how many thoughts have been swirling around in my head for much longer than usual. There have been news stories and headlines that have caused my passion to ignite. I’ve experienced more stress than I care to express. I’ve learned about how to do a better job of being relational and just being with people where they are at. There is plenty to write about, that’s for sure. But…

  • Faith & Life

    A Time for Everything

    This post has been sitting in the queue for sometime…It still fits, though. I will share more as to why I have been absent from this blog later, but I felt like it was time to post again and this is what I chose. ********************************   Pretty often I am asked the question, “How do you like living in Maryland?” It’s one of my least favorite small talk conversations and I still have yet to come up with a suitable answer as many times it has been asked of me. Each of the two apartments we have lived in the last two years has felt like home. I am thankful…

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    Unexpected Blessings

    Hey all! It has been AWHILE since I have posted! Summer has kept me very busy! Here are a few Unexpected Blessings that I am thankful for over the last several weeks: A vacation with my family where I was able to unplug from the outside world, relax and de-stress Receiving a few compliments at work, which I was able to truly digest and acknowledge A great week of Vacation Bible School at my church! Seeing these signs while driving with my husband: Usually when you are driving down the road, you see people asking for money, whether they are poor or doing a fundraiser. Instead, it was refreshing to see…

  • Faith & Life

    Relentless

    I wrote this post a few months ago, and just never hit ‘publish’. Sometimes I need to let something  sit before sharing it with the world. ****************************************   The saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” I am not talking about the figure of speech, here, though. On the many rainy days I have experienced in recent weeks, I’ve watched the rain come down with a different perspective. It seems to just not let up! I started to get annoyed because it just kept falling, faster and faster and never seemed to slow down. What finally popped into my head to describe it was the word relentless. It comes down…

  • Inspired

    What Inspires Me? (May Edition)

    March and April were not only during the season of Lent, which is already a busy time in my work life, but some major things happened in my life! (Hence the lack of blogging in recent weeks). But so much has happened to inspire me and move into the month of May flowers! I am linking up with Leigh Kramer this month! Check out her blog here:     Favorites: A great article on storytelling that also involves Ryan Gosling. How could it get any better? Love this simple yet important way to create momentum in your marriage. I became a Jamberry Nails consultant! I certainly was not expecting to…

  • Faith & Life

    Consumed by grief, consumed by love

    Whether it’s a national tragedy, a natural disaster or a local killing, sometimes an event hits a nerve and I become consumed. I want to know every detail, search for every news update and have all the information so I can process what happened. Because of how the media is set up today, sometimes I regret finding out information that changes my perspective or see footage that I wish had been kept private.  I think it started with 9.11 in high school. Most recently, the tragedies of Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon also consumed all of my time and energy and drained me emotionally. This week, a local tragedy…

  • Faith & Life

    What Jesus says about the poor

    I am taking time out of a very busy day to write this post, because it’s important to me and I have felt anxious that I have not been able to express my thoughts. I am not going to reference any specific posts (you  have likely seen them), but over the course of the last several weeks, I have seen articles of varying degrees related to the Christian perspective of the poor. Many of the questions that have been raised include: Who are qualified as the poor? Who should be able to serve the poor? Why do we care about the poor? In response, I am not going to get…

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    UB of the week

    My unexpected blessing from this past week was the opportunity to get back out running after SEVERAL months of my running shoes collecting dust. The great thing about running is that no matter how long it’s been, it still feels good to get back out and start again even if it’s painful or I feel out of shape. I still did it and it was a good thing!

  • Faith & Life

    Friends & Seasons

    I had a moment last week where I was feeling a bit isolated and in need of some attention. I don’t usually draw others to me like that. I usually really dislike posts that are vague but obviously directed towards someone, but I needed to express my thoughts and I was trying to convey a general feeling. I have waves of emotion every once in awhile where I miss a time that once was. A FB friend responded to my post and   helped me come to a realization when she  said:  “I have come to see that some people are  given to us for a season. It does not…

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    What Inspires Me? (February Edition)

    I am linking up with Leigh Kramer for this month’s “What Inspires Me?” You won’t be hearing from me much for the rest of the month because I am working on a big project that hopefully I will be able to share more about in the near future! For such a short month, there were some memorable things that happened and so many great learnings and conversations! Most Powerful: I enjoy posts from Rage Against the Minivan and this one is no different. What a powerful message being sent about people’s ignorance. Best Grammar Lesson: Two Spaces or One? was an interesting read because I learned to write with two spaces…