to the mom who’s miscarried

It was that movie moment—the moment we were going to see our baby for the first time. Clay held my hand as we stared expectantly at the sonogram screen. It had been a whirlwind...

stronger than you think you are

Less than 3%. That’s how many women can get through childbirth without an epidural. (Or at least that’s what the nurse told me.) She said, “You just did what less than 3% of women...

worth the wait

The right guy will wait for you—and even better, he’ll want to wait, too. I experienced the gamut of guys wanting things from me, trying to see how far I’d go, seeing if they...

the wilderness of singleness & the promise to come

It’s messy. The whole does-he-like-me-does-he-not-like-me saga of singleness. The constant questioning of how much to put yourself out there vs. wait to be pursued. The getting-your-hopes-up-only-to-be-let-down-once-again. I’ll never forget the moment walking back down...

when confusion leads to compromise

// the mistake so many of us make in dating and the better path of God’s best design // How many of us have stayed in relationships we shouldn’t be in, settled for behaviors...

5 practices to help your marriage thrive

Divorce is not even a word in Clay’s and my marriage vocabulary. And yet I don’t just want a marriage that survives; I want a marriage that thrives. I have a lot of growth...

chocolatey crunch detox smoothie

Chocolate and detox in the same recipe title? You better believe it! This smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake and is full of only healthy ingredients. There’s no better time than a new year...

from tragedy to hope

Dang This Is Us—it gets me every time. But this time, specifically with the plot line of a pregnancy with twins. It’s really tough to watch. I think of those twins we lost. My...

from overachiever to overwhelmed by God’s love

I’m a recovering overachiever. My whole life I have, for some reason, thought I had to earn, prove, and produce. (Of course this was unconscious.) I’ve believed the lie that I have to earn...