Storytelling has the power to surface what’s important. 

As we reflect back and tell our boys stories in the car or over dinner, we don't dwell on the unimportant things like what the weather was like or what shoes we were wearing. We focus on how we felt. We tell the triumphs and the losses. We share what we learned and how we grew.

The Voice in my Head

The voice in my head was back.

By noon, I had outlined four posts of things I wanted to tell you all, my readers. I had words I wanted to write down and record for the future.

The voice in my head was pushing me to revisit sharing, storytelling, and writing.

The voice in my head was encouraging me to share our lives again with all of you. 

Announcing and Resolving

I’ve decided against making too many resolutions this year.

Make baby. That seems to be taking up a majority of my time and energy right now. Other resolutions aren’t getting as much of the spotlight when I’m nauseous, exhausted, and sore. I’m mostly just trying to feed my family and keep up with laundry.

But alas, I am a goal-setter by nature. I love a fresh start, a clean journal, and a new planner.

The Table Is A Place Of Hospitality - Farmhouse Dining Room Tour

We’ve invited family, financial ministry supporters, the man who does our plaster repair, our fence repairman, and random families from our community to join us for Korean beef, pork chops, wood-fired pizzas, and PF Chang lettuce wraps.

Considering our food allergies here, breaking bread isn’t done in the traditional way, but church takes place around our table. 

Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, or a random Tuesday, Our table is a place of hospitality. 

Sincerely, Overwhelmed by Paperwork

I am a fully functioning adult. 

I graduated top of my high school class. 

I have a bachelor’s degree. 

I have successfully completed the files and document necessary for two international adoptions.

But oh. my. gosh. This might do me in. This might actually finish me: 

Paper communication from my children’s school. 

When Words and Pictures were Enough to Save a Life

Sometimes I wrestle with how public I have made our family. I worry about sharing our stories and living out in front. I question if it is necessary or even healthy. 

And then I am unexpectedly handed an opportunity to share our story and to make an impact. 

This is why I share our story online. 

I Thought I Had Lost It All

In July, as I transferred my site from one place to another (all behind the scenes – you weren’t even supposed to notice a thing), my photos and old posts from the past seven years disappeared. 

I thought I had lost it all. 

My posts have been recovered, but my heart remains changed.

Chance's Trip to Sierra Leone, Africa

In March, my husband, Chance led a missions team of four to Sierra Leone to serve. You may remember that Chance and I work full time as representatives of Lifegate in Africa.

After teaching my man how to use his iPhone camera (hello, focus?!), the team was off! Once they returned, Chance had taken hundreds of pictures, and some of them were actually pretty good!