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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…

arch flat // name Matt

HAPPY DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH! Who doesn’t love October?! DS awareness is just one more reason for this month to be your favorite. I am the sibling of an individual with Down syndrome, and the future adoptive mama of another. Friend to some, teacher to others, jiejie to others still. Down syndrome blesses me daily.…

from a woman with a son,

Yes, it’s true. I look behind me more than once when I walk/run by any man older than 14. No matter his clothes, his race, whether he too is walking, running, biking. I always check behind me. I have chosen to dress more uncomfortably during my runs in the heat to prevent cat-calls and honks…

It is what with my soul?

  It is exhausted with my soul. It is anxious with my soul. It is bored with my soul. It is fine with my soul. Most days, all of these seem more fitting than the words from the 1876 hymn: “it is well with my soul.” Many find these words to be of great comfort…

what is up with all this?

That may be what you’re thinking, and because I promised transparency here, I suppose I should share the WHY behind all this crazy blog posting/Facebook page inviting/Instagram name changing madness. Reason one: I genuinely want my writing to R E A C H people. In part, I write for myself. It feels good, it’s fun,…

Three Letters Later

Just the other day, I scrolled by this image on Facebook. This image, shared casually by thousands of people, has it wrong. I wasn’t happy to see it. I wasn’t happy to face the reality that another person didn’t understand the truth behind those three letters. I sat in AP Psychology during my senior year…