Impressing is exhausting, ya’ll. It’s far too easy to build a fake persona so people can see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear. After all, they don’t want my messiness and I don’t want to admit that I’m a mess. I want to look as good as possible. When... Continue Reading →


To Serve

As part of our time with Hosea’s Heart, we planned short devotionals that focused on our identities in Christ and how that impacts our relationships with God and others. Last week, our devotional talked about loving others through serving them. I wrote the following in my journal after the devotional was over, as Liesel, Karalyn,... Continue Reading →

Hosea’s Heart, eSwatini

(Just for the record, eSwatini is the SiSwati way to say Swaziland. In April, the name officially changed to Eswantini, although many people still refer to this land as Swaziland or Swazi.) It's summer here, and all the schools are on break. This means that while our days have a "schedule", we really have no... Continue Reading →


Sailing on the Sea of Galilee, it was easy to envision my Savior walking towards me upon the water. I could easily imagine the excitement Peter felt as he vaulted over the edge of the boat to approach Jesus, easily forgetting that water stood between them. Peter's steps, likely strong and sure at first, began... Continue Reading →


This past year has been so much more than I could have ever planned for. Exactly a year ago, I began the messy process of surrendering Boe, my horse (except let’s be real—that noun does not begin to describe all that he was and is to me) to pursue what Christ was calling me towards.... Continue Reading →

that beautiful picture

The concept of adoption as it relates to Christianity is one of the most beautiful pictures to me (and not just because I want to dedicate my life to adoption, either!) It blows my mind that God has chosen me, a sinner, to be accepted into his family. Honestly, there’s not much I can think... Continue Reading →

Give & Gain

I knew what I was giving up to come to Kenya, but I never thought about all that I would gain. I knew that I would miss watching my (not-so-little) sister play softball all summer. I knew that I would need to begin the difficult process of putting Boe up for sale so that I... Continue Reading →

i carry your heart

There's a poem by e.e. cummings; the first lines have been running through my head for weeks, ever since we left Mukaa. It's a romantic poem; to me, though, it speaks volumes about how love, in any form, will always leave an impact on us. "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in... Continue Reading →


To be quite frank, I've never really thought about what ministry means or looks like. As a ministry major, I've never been told what to expect out of ministry. I expected ministry to be something that I was able to choose to do, that ministry would fit into the little, neat box I had created... Continue Reading →

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