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advocacy is a privilege

I love advocacy. It is one of my strengths and one of my delights. It is important for me as a parent, as a teacher, as a sibling, and as a person with my own individual needs. We all need advocacy to some degree. We all need to stand up for ourselves, fight for what…

messes to vessels

Peter. If you’ve read any part of the New Testament, specifically the Four Gospels, you know this name. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter was always the one doing or saying the wrong thing. He was the one I found myself forgetting the name of during a story to then finish reading it and thinking to…

a mother to two

The other week, I did a brave thing. I also got my wisdom teeth out on that same week, but that pales in comparison. As I was in prep for surgery, I was asked the typical small talk question, “do you have any kids?” To which I answered, “yes,” and was further asked how many.…

ocd in music & me

Nathan Feuerstein, better known as NF, recently came out with a new album titled “The Search.” Let me warn you – this album is straight fire. Each song is an outpouring of his soul. Heavy and raw. The kind of art that leaves you with goosebumps on your arms,  tears in your eyes, or both.…

the phases of dominic

  So our Dominic… 1. Loves bath time. Like it’s the best time of every day for 13 months. 2. Hates bath time with a fiery passion for 3 weeks. 3. Goes back to loving bath time (present day). It’s almost as if he doesn’t have the slightest memory of the past 3 weeks –…

when God hits ‘save’

I remember within the first few months of dating my husband, he asked me about my dreams, my plans, the calls I believe God had placed on my life. I watched his eyes grow wide as I shared one of them – my heart for the nation of China – and I stated that I…

no tears left to cry

I was told that after childbirth, your body changes. Like your actual DNA shifts to produce differences beyond the size and shape of your tummy. I think that’s really remarkable. You literally will not be the same after having a baby. One of the first things I noticed post-birth was my hair color had darkened.…

when dr pepper changed my life

2011 was halfway through my senior year of high school. I had done my college visits, received my letters of acceptance, and had the daunting task of making a decision of which institution to attend for higher education. Hope College was my first choice. But of course, money was an unfortunate factor in making this…

ten items that revolutionized my year

I usually enter into the new year thinking about all the people, places, and experiences I was blessed with the year before, but rarely do I wrap up a year thinking back on the things it brought me. 2018 was different. I made some personal purchases that were revolutionary to my wellbeing, and I wanted…

attached by a red thread

October is Down syndrome awareness month, and November is Adoption Awareness month. If I’m passionate about two things, these are them: down syndrome & adoption. Check the majority of the accounts I follow on Instagram – they are accounts of those who have adopted a child with Down syndrome. A crazy notion for those who…