Finding Your Tuesday People: Out of Loneliness and into Community

About six months into my family and I being settled into our new home in a new state, I expressed to my husband that I felt really lonely. I was loving everything about where God had put us. The serenity, beauty, community, and the simple way of life had my heart (still does!), but I still felt like something was missing. Solid relationships and friendships had been important to me since I was young…

New Article: I Love You, But How Do I Like You?

This week, I’m over at Start Marriage Right sharing some practical thoughts on loving your spouse for the long haul. After my husband asked me out on our first date, we were inseparable. We couldn’t get enough of each other’s company. Our dating days were filled with joy, delight, anticipation, passion, and little conflict. But …

Contributing to the Book, Take the Date Night Challenge by Greg & Erin Smalley

Last week Focus on the Family contacted me and asked permission to publish part of my article, Missional Marriage: 10 Practical Ways to Serve Other People, in their upcoming book Take the Date Night Challenge by Greg and Erin Smalley…

Conflict Resolution: The Need for Face Time

I’m not writing anywhere specific today but someone I know who is really awesome and amazing is! My husband! Today Jeremiah is writing his first article for  StartMarriageRight.com, helping us discern how much we should share digitally verse face to face communication in our relationships. He gives practical wisdom on what to do when you sense …

A Letter to My Single Self

Dear Self: You’re 21. You just graduated from college but, to your dismay, after four years of rigorous studies, you never got your MRS degree. All your roommates had serious boyfriends who became husbands, but you’re still wondering when it’s your turn. You’ve dated some really good guys but nothing serious ever came about. You’re …

30 Things I Know Now That I’m 30

Well, it’s true friends. As of today, my 20s are behind me like a vapor in the wind. It’s surreal to say and I’ve been a bit nervous to approach this day, but so far it’s going well. The 20s were some of the best years of my life. I graduated from college, got my Master’s, ran a marathon, started my writing career, married my husband, moved across the country, landed a real job…

Learning to Say “No”: How Routines Help Protect Your Marriage

When my husband Jeremiah and I were dating and just on the verge of engagement, I noticed a difference in the time we spent together as we grew more serious in our relationship. I started to see that how I spent my time and energy would be much different as a married woman. My priorities would change …