Happy {belated} Birthday, Peter!

Happy {belated} Birthday, Peter!

The last year has been one of the most challenging, rewarding, and beautiful years of my life! How quickly my little boy went from 6 lb. 8 oz. to 20 lb. 14.5 oz. And even though I miss holding him as a tiny baby [born July 23], each new stage is so marvelous. I’ve found it extraordinary to see how a human being adjusts to a brand new world outside the

A small, safe place in a troubling world

A small, safe place in a troubling world

“Sanctuary… is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea” (Lemony Snicket). Back in 2005ish when I first watched Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I remember the above narration stirring my imagination.

Finding My Heart Through Parenting

Finding My Heart Through Parenting

Of course I love being a mom and love my kiddos, but the truth is also that parenting has been the most exhausting experience of my life. My heart and I often lost touch with each other during these first few years of parenting. Jesus is fixing that problem by calling my heart to Him.

PRC Newsletter Design

PRC Newsletter Design

I was honored to work with Jim Allison of Thot Communications to design Portland Pregnancy Resource Center‘s January 2014 newsletter. PRC provides free, quality resources to women and teens who are facing unplanned pregnancy. PRC’s new newsletter...
Waking to reality of abortion

Waking to reality of abortion

I recently watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Have you seen it? You have to see it. Giving a glimpse of the world through a child’s eyes, the film follows the story of a naive 8-year-old boy who tries to make sense of the world during the Nazi holocaust.
I was so distraught during this entire movie. Sitting on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t help but

The importance of interest

The importance of interest

Early in our marriage, I learned how valuable it is to take a genuine interest in Nathan’s passions. For example, my husband has loved hockey since he was a little boy. So now I love it too. I cheer for the Colorado Avalanche alongside him and then cheer for him as he scores goals for the Medium-speed Zombies, his roller hockey team.

Inspirational messages: helpful or harmful?

Inspirational messages: helpful or harmful?

The other day, my “little” brother, Caleb, and I were chatting on the phone about the inspirational messages we see everywhere. I see them on tea bags, blogs, bumper stickers, Facebook posts, viral YouTube videos, etc. “Believe in yourself!” “You can do anything you put your mind to!” “Be

Transforming an ungrateful heart

Transforming an ungrateful heart

When the blessings in my life go unnoticed, I find that I spend an awful lot of time focusing selfishly – often ungratefully – on myself. So much for loving God and others well! How silly this is! If I just take two seconds to think about what Yahweh God has done for me, how could I be ungrateful? How could I not

Imagine: All that’s lost will be restored

I went to a funeral today and it got me thinking: What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind when I die? I decided that I want my life to proclaim that there is hope – a hope. To that end, these songs stir my imagination. Please give them a listen. These questions run through my mind as I listen: What is Christ yet

The unborn

Today I came across a world clock that counts up info about population, illness, food, environment, energy, etc. per year. On the “death” tab, I noticed abortions were listed. Right now, it says that as of January 1 of this year, 867,870* abortions have been committed. About every three seconds, the counter advances.