Monthly Archives: January 2013



Our world is so big. I can’t wait to see more of it.

Tonight, I feel so blessed. I have the best husband. I brag about him a lot. Through all of the crazy things life will throw at us I feel just a bit better knowing I will have him by my side. I read today that “in a marriage you both can’t crumble at the same time…you have to wait your turn.” This made me laugh and cry at the same time. Just thinking about our first 5 months of marriage when I have a bad day Tom takes care of me. When he comes home fighting mad… I try to lift his spirits. Give and Take. There will come a day when I feel like I have nothing to brag about or hardships we will be faced with, but sometimes I need a simple reminder that my life is pretty amazing despite how sometimes even a cloudy day can turn my mood sour.

Here is the reality. I didn’t get the job I had “planned” in my head after college. I didn’t finish college in 4 years like I “planned” when I started it. I haven’t backpacked through Europe like I “planned”, or moved to Africa to live in a hut. I didn’t have a massive wedding in a castle like I “planned” when I was a little girl with 300 guests. I hate cooking most days, I really hate proof reading and editing (which is why I don’t do it on my blog)…and sometimes I forget to floss. My life isn’t completely “planned” and organized.

but if life worked out like I “planned” how boring would it be? I mean, really… if I finished college in 4 years I wouldn’t have been able to study abroad and see the world the way I see it now. If I had a wedding in a castle with 300 people I would have wasted thousands of dollars (and well that was just a dumb idea to start with.) I haven’t backpacked through Europe just yet, but we have way cooler plans now. My plan. See, I just did it again. We humans love to plan. I seriously, think God looks down and just laughs at me and my planning.

My life is pretty great. I love it… and the best part is that every single day no matter how my day is or if I love my life or not: God has loved me all along despite my non existent cooking or my desire and need to try to control and “plan” out my life.


Learning to be the light.


I have often been asked why I blog. What is my goal? Do I think that I will get famous from this? (Yes, I have been asked these exact questions!!)

Well let me try to explain:

Awhile back I received a very encouraging message from a friend who told me that my writing had in some way impacted her…enough to send me a personal message. Even though it was a short message…enough was said for me to realize that our actions impact far beyond just ourselves. That folks is the very reason that I blog. I feel that if I can share pieces of my heart, who I am, and let people into my life for even just a fleeting moment, and if some how, in some way, I can help one person even just for a second via my blog… it means the world to me.  Really, it does. Blogging is a way for me to share who I am, and sometimes that isn’t always easy. As a human we each have doubts and insecurities and wonder what people will think of us if we really share who we are. I am here to tell you I am not perfect, I make mistakes all the time, but I am real, and this is me, and however you ended up on this page I hope some how you understand that our paths crossed for a reason.

January 1st 2013 brought a new year. I couldn’t help, but hear about all of the new years resolutions. In a world so consumed with media and appearance   it is so easy to forget what the new year should mean. Well, what should it be about? Today in church our pastor (pastor Hunter—he married us) delivered a really powerful message to me. It hit home. He spoke about how we should be a light for Christ. “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed, Instead he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light… “(Luke 8 Verse 16) So often we are told that religion is private. Our pastor reminded us today that Faith is personal, but never private. We should live our lives so that at work, and with every relationship we have people stop and ask “what makes you different?” and I should be able to confidently simply say: because my identity is in Christ. I will be the first to admit that as a young adult that can be pretty scary. What if they think I am a freak? What if they feel awkward? What if they hate what I have to say?

Today it was confirmed that my word for 2013 is going to be: Listen. Luke chapter 8 goes on in verse 18 to say” Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him” So what is going to help me listen more closely? Our pastor made a really great point today: my relationship with God is either engaged and moving forward …or not. There is no in-the-middle. There is no” half” being a christian around my God loving friends, and then being a different person around those who I am unsure of believing in God.

Standing up for what you believe in can sometimes be scary.What if they think I am a freak? What if they feel awkward? What if they hate what I have to say? …but what if I make a difference? What if I stir up something bigger inside of them that has been there all along. What if I can help them?

I am willing to take that risk.

Are you?

partor hunter and karen

Here I am with some incredible human beings. My husband- who teaches me to listen more and speak less. Pastor Hunter and his wife Karen who are an inspiration of love and kindness. Humble, generous, and loving are words that come to mind when I think of them. Their identity is in Christ and it’s amazing how God uses them to help others.

Learning to be the Light

The Journey.


Sometimes we get so anxious about our future we forget to just enjoy the journey. This week I have started to stop and appreciate the here and the now…and that the journey is the part that makes life interesting…

I love this quote though and it describes quite closely exactly how I feel about traveling.

” I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about, I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And there are lessons you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people- Americans and Europeans- come back and go, “oohhhhh.” And the lightbulb goes on.—Henry Rollins

Traveling is never far from my heart. I adore this quote, but mostly there is a big reason why it has been on my heart more and more lately…

and I can’t wait to share with you where we are traveling to next!!!