Daring Greatly

Filipe and I are currently on sabbatical. If all is going according to plan then by the time you are reading this we are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Montenegro sailing toward the Greek Islands. In addition to enjoying each other and two weeks sans kids, we are studying early church history and the journeys the Apostle Paul made. Of course Paul didn’t have the luxury of sailing on Princess Cruise Line, but we’re in the same waters. ūüėČ In these waters Paul endured hardships, shipwrecks, and heartache, a man who…

Home of the Brave?

Tomorrow is America’s birthday. For some it’s a day to wear red, white, and blue, a day to gather on the picnic blankets and watch the fireworks. It’s a day to celebrate freedom. For others it’s none of those things. Their country has disappointed them. They feel let down.¬†It’s hard to celebrate freedom when you don’t feel free to live. As a kid I remember watching the fireworks. I gazed at the sky as my eight year old eyes filled with hope and wonder. I believed I really did live in the greatest country in…

Be Brave, Be Strong

Last year was full of uncertainty, new beginnings, and adventure.It wasn’t easy to plan for, but it sure didn’t disappoint in the excitement category. But 2014 is done and I look back with a grateful heart on all God did in and for our family.¬†It really was a great year for me personally and for our family. This year looks different though. 2015 won’t be one of waiting and wondering what the future will be, and I’m a little nervous about that.¬†The control freak in me can’t stand waiting on someone else, but knowing¬†that I’m…