pink crayons and reconciliation

A pink crayon in hand, I concentrated on turning the frown into a smile. I methodically changed the tiny “No Coloreds Allowed” sign into “Coloreds Allowed.” A first grader with thick, colicky bangs and light pink jelly sandals, my mind and my heart couldn’t compute the coloring page in front of me. We were finishing up a unit […]

Read More pink crayons and reconciliation

love to burkina: meet valerie

Meet Zach + Valerie Metz. Aren’t they just the cutest? They also have big hearts. I’m so thankful that our paths have crossed in this little Iowa town. I met Valerie when she was like the coolest person I’d ever seen in this corner of the state. She was waiting tables and we talked about […]

Read More love to burkina: meet valerie

skipping church

I’m skipping church this morning. I’m writing this in my pajamas while my baby is sleeping and my three year old is dancing — spinning with his arms reached high — in the living room to worship music. I wanted to go to church today. I love the community and checking in with people I […]

Read More skipping church

a sweet early christmas surprise

It’s not every day that you walk into your house to see your table fully set with adorable dinnerware. I guess today was my lucky day! Unbeknownst to me, a group of ladies from our church blessed me by surprising me with an eight-person setting with some charming Christmas dinnerware. They even collaborated with Jonny […]

Read More a sweet early christmas surprise

navigating lent: why?

Lent. A time on the Church calendar nudging those who follow Jesus to look inwardly + upwardly. Whatever your faith [or lack thereof] looks like, introspection is intriguing — attractive, even. The rough part: Actually wading in that murky tension of who you are, who you want to be, and who you were created to […]

Read More navigating lent: why?