We received NOC at the end of May, and the next step was to be registered for court and begin the court process. India has a court app where families can see if they’re registered for court, when their next court date is, etc. After NOC, I downloaded the app and began excessively checking it… Continue reading Adoption Update- The Court Process
This was originally published on LifeWay Girls, though there are a few edits with things such as my boys' ages (they were 5 and 3 when I originally wrote this! Time flies!). I took on the role of youth pastor’s wife the minute I said, “I do,” and I count it a privilege to serve… Continue reading Motherhood & Ministry- Can We Really Do Both?
Jack and I celebrate a whole decade of marriage today. 10 years ago, we said, “I do” surrounded by people who love us, celebrated at a reception full of desserts, and then drove away in Jack’s truck that was covered in sticky notes. We both knew marriage was a gift and the seriousness of it.… Continue reading A Decade of Marriage- Reflecting on Lessons through the Storms + God’s Faithfulness
A little over a month ago, we checked off a HUGE adoption milestone- NOC (No Objection Certificate). This basically means India has no objections to us adopting our daughter. We received it on a Wednesday (church night!), so we celebrated with Chick-fil-A dinner/dessert at the church playground. Many people have been so kind to ask… Continue reading Adoption Update- We have NOC! Now what?!
There are many hard things as we transition to motherhood. Diapers are overwhelming, there’s little sleep, & the spit-up is just plain gross. While these things are difficult, personally, the hardest transition for me was in regards to ministry. When Hunter was born, I went from participating in every youth event to sitting in the… Continue reading Doing “Big” Things for Jesus- Does that Really Include Changing Diapers?
Morning by Morning was one of the first ministries to publish my writing. They're no longer an active site, so I'm excited to share some of my pieces here in my own space. The command to show hospitality is clear, yet often overlooked, in Scripture (Romans 12:13). The word “hospitality” can scare us. We hear… Continue reading “The Gospel Comes with a House Key”- A Book Review & Call to Radically Ordinary Hospitality
I absolutely love being a boy mom (I mean, put a baseball bat in their hands, and it’s the cutest thing ever!), but for as long as I can remember, I’ve desired to be a mom to a little girl too. With my pregnancies with both boys, I was sure they were girls, until the… Continue reading Adoption Update- Why a Daughter + Her Name
We don’t have to look too hard to find our culture’s view of the word “submission”. With the feminist movement, how marriage is portrayed on TV, and the general crumbling view of marriage, “submission” might as well be classified as a bad word. To a degree, the word gets its bad reputation from those who… Continue reading Being a Wife & the Call to Submit- What is it? What isn’t it? (Spoiler: It IS a Good Thing!)
Like most toddlers, my 4-year-old loves asking questions. One day, during a 15 minute drive, I counted 25 questions he asked. I don’t always have answers for some of his questions, though, which causes him great frustration. He wants an answer, and he wants it now. We adults like answers too, don’t we? In fact,… Continue reading Bible Study- Practical Steps for Those Tough Parts of Scripture
This post was originally published on LifeWay Girls. By God’s grace, he saved me when I was seven years old. There’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t been actively involved in the local church, yet as I grew older, I battled doubting my salvation. Now, as a youth pastor’s wife, my… Continue reading Doubting Salvation- Bearing Fruit & the Marks of a True Believer