My Weekend

Jessica and Michelle are my oldest friends. We have been friends for about 15 years. We’ve lived in different cities since 2007, but have stayed in touch. Jessica and I were pregnant at the same time, and we took belly pictures together. She is due in August with her second, and Michelle’s daughter was born a year ago.

It’s not uncommon for friends to grow apart as they grow up, get married, or have kids, and it’s happened to me a lot. Even though I’ve grown apart from quite a few people, I will always consider them my friends. But by some miracle, the opposite has happened with Michelle and Jessica. We’ve all gone back and forth across the state to see each other more in the last 2 years than we ever have in the past. Having kids and Continue reading “My Weekend”

Haiti: Unity Among Believers

We spent a day at the beach in the middle of the week, and something beautiful happened.

After we had been swimming and snorkeling and bouncing on water trampolines for a while, I made my way back to shore. I passed a couple women – both quite a bit older than me. One was standing where she could just touch the ocean floor and the other was swimming laps around her cousin.

I don’t even remember how our interaction began – someone asked the other what they were doing in Haiti or something like that.

She told me she was living Continue reading “Haiti: Unity Among Believers”

Haiti: Where We Go

It was three years ago that Haiti captured our hearts. Specifically, it was an orphanage just outside of Port-Au-Prince called Loyal Oaks Community Chapel Children’s Home.

We just returned from our third trip to see the people at Imagine Missions who have become family to us. We led a small team – just 6 people including us. I wasn’t sure what to expect with such a small group, but it was nice. We were able to get to know each other and make some fun memories.

The orphanage is home to almost 100 of the most precious kids in the world. Some of them are orphans, and others have living parents who just can’t provide for them. At Imagine Missions, these kids receive food and education, and they are being raised to know the Lord.

We absolutely love having the opportunity to go back and visit “our kids,” and we can’t wait to go back again! I’ll be writing more about our trip over the course of this week.

If anyone wants more information about the orphanage or is interested in financially supporting the kids there, visit the Imagine Missions website 🙂 (http://imaginemissions.org)

The Burden of Adulthood

Responsibility.

Ugh.

I think being an adult is really great. There is a sense of freedom that I never knew until I became an adult; I love having that freedom. But when you become an adult, certain things are expected of you…things like paying your bills, making money to pay said bills, not spending more money than you have, etc. And if you do those things (plus some others), you might be considered Continue reading “The Burden of Adulthood”

Road Trips


Road trips with my husband are the best.

We’ve been on lots of road trips since we’ve been married, some short and some long. Our longest was from Iowa to Boston.

Today we just made a simple trip to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes basketball game, but it was great.

I have a playlist on my iPod just for road trips. It has every song that we can belt out and agree on. The playlist has a wide variety of genres excluding metal (because it’s Continue reading “Road Trips”