Divorce Hurts

Man. My heart has been heavy the last few days.

It seems like every time I get on Facebook I see that someone is getting a divorce. I know that what I see isn’t anywhere close to the number of people worldwide that are experiencing divorce, and it’s just been making my heart ache.

Divorce hurts. Regardless of when, how, or why it happens, it hurts. It hurts even when Continue reading “Divorce Hurts”

The Family Chronicler

There are some technological advances that I think are completely useless, some that I think are awesome, and some that have nearly ruined human interactions. And then there is Shutterfly.

I’ve always been someone who liked to reminisce. Of all my siblings, I think I spent the most time huddled over photo albums looking at days before I was born and memorable moments from my childhood. So much can be learned about a person from looking through their old pictures. Continue reading “The Family Chronicler”

The Mysterious Disappearance of Pursuit

I’ve heard marriage described as a beautiful example of Christ’s love for the Church, and, before I got married, I probably believed that completely, but I have since learned that sometimes it isn’t.

Sometimes marriage isn’t a beautiful example because married people are not more perfect than unmarried people. Do I think that marriage has the potential to be a beautiful example of Christ’s love for the Church? Absolutely, but to leave out the rest of it seems a bit dishonest and irresponsible. Continue reading “The Mysterious Disappearance of Pursuit”

Lifting My Head

I’m learning how to pray through the Psalms. The idea is to read through one verse or sentence at a time, and pray about whatever comes to mind from reading that section. Tonight was the first time I had tried it, and it was really good. I felt like my prayer was deeper and more intimate than it usually is.

While reading through Psalms 1-5, there was one verse that stuck out to me that never has before. Continue reading “Lifting My Head”

Sick Days

I used to love sick days as a kid. The being sick part was no fun, but being home sick meant getting to skip school and cozy up in the recliner with a bell on the side table. I would ring the bell, and my mom would take care of anything I needed. I would watch Anne of Green Gables or whatever soap operas were on and take lots of naps. Life was so simple back then. Continue reading “Sick Days”

The Lonely Place

I’ve been thinking about how Jesus prayed lately, and I think I’ve been doing it wrong for a while now.

There are a lot of times the Bible talks about Jesus going off to be alone while He prayed (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12). It seems to simple, but technology has sort of complicated things. Continue reading “The Lonely Place”

Jail Break

I really like all sorts of puzzles. I like trivia and brain teasers and number puzzles and regular puzzles!

This week, Jamin and I did a puzzle I have wanted to do for a long time. We did a room escape and broke out of jail.

We were given an hour to escape our cells and find evidence to prove our innocence, and we did it! We are a great team, and doing that together just further proved it! Continue reading “Jail Break”

Underage Penny Slots

I’m 25 years old – I really am!

Jamin and I decided we would make this 3-day weekend a date weekend. We picked one activity out of each category from our date jar to do sometime over the course of this Labor Day weekend. It has been really fun!

We explored a new lake and enjoyed the sunset from a bridge that we’ve driven past several times, but never walked across until yesterday. Continue reading “Underage Penny Slots”

A Husband Who Cooks

I don’t enjoy cooking. I really wish I did since it’s sort of necessary for survival, but I don’t. Some relationships have two people that love cooking – great for them. Some relationships have one person who hates cooking and one that enjoys it – good for them. And then there are relationships, like mine, where both people don’t like cooking and only do it because they have to – not so great for us.

I do most of the cooking in the house just because I am used to it. I know the recipes and can make things efficiently, so it just makes sense, but I’ve been getting overwhelmed. I don’t want to do all the cooking. Because it’s Continue reading “A Husband Who Cooks”