Faith · Life Lessons

When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were

I slowly sipped the steaming coffee, letting it soothe me with it’s warmth. As I cupped the mug in my hands, my eyes lingered on the faded Scottish flag painted upon¬†it. We had bought it while in Scotland on a work trip back years ago. Back then there was no mistaking the stark white X… Continue reading When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were

Faith · Life · Life Lessons

When You Realize Your Own Insignificance

I woke up with a jolt. Something wasn’t right. I sat up in bed and surveyed my surroundings. Pale blue light seeped lazily through the slats in the vertical blinds, and my husband slept, undisturbed, next to me. No children stirred down the hall, no bird welcome the day with his song. I’d heard something.… Continue reading When You Realize Your Own Insignificance

Expat Life · Life · Life Lessons

The Exquisite Ache of Learning Something new

I started a new job last week. And after a decade of living the non-traditional expat lifestyle, I can tell you the learning curve was steep. Not just the learning curve, but the mental energy stamina. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve used my brain in this way. Oh, I’ve learned new stuff while… Continue reading The Exquisite Ache of Learning Something new

Life · Writing

The Safety Net of Silence

This has always been a very safe place for us, friends, hasn’t it? We’ve always been able to talk freely, and be vulnerable with one another. We’ve talked about everything from parenting funnies to spiritual constipation to culture shock to hair styles. And we’ve always been there for one another, lifting each other up, encouraging… Continue reading The Safety Net of Silence

Life

How I Curl My Hair: Beachy Waves

Ok, guys. Yes, I’m about to do a post about my hair. I don’t normally do “beauty” posts, and certainly not tutorials on it, but when I posted this pic on Instagram: You all went crazy for it (thank you, by the way!!) and kept asking how I did it. I came across this style… Continue reading How I Curl My Hair: Beachy Waves

Faith · Guest Posts · Life

Stepping Into the Fire

The Christian life is often one lived in the tension between promises given and promises fulfilled. We find ourselves, perhaps more than we care to admit, in circumstances which frighten and threaten to shake our faith. I’m delighted and honored to be sharing over at (in)courage today,¬†talking about that tension. About how sometimes we have… Continue reading Stepping Into the Fire

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Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

I don’t think I ever really understood St. Patrick’s Day until I lived in Ireland. There was just something about being surrounded by those lilting voices, celebrating Ireland and a man who brought them hope so many years ago. (Okay, so not all of them think about the hope thing, but I can’t help but)… Continue reading Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day