I bet most of you can conjure up a specific smell when I ask you to think of your grandma. Maybe it's of a specific perfume. Maybe it's of flour. Maybe it's of peppermints. Maybe cigarettes. Each of my grandmas have a specific smell in my mind, but the most vibrant is a smell I encounter every fall, and that is of leaves.
One of my favorite things about living in Albuquerque is fall. All of it. The weather is perfect sweater-and-boots crisp. The chile is freshly roasted. The apples and pumpkins are ready to be picked. There is a cafe within walking distance serving amazing seasonal lattes. And, there are hot air balloons. Not only are there… Continue reading Balloons and Babies
I don't know about you, but I tend to fan-girl female Christian authors. The past few months, a certain author has been inspiring me to do more, but a fellow blogger called out a few issues her a popular book, and I re-acknowledged those issues. So, I dove a little deeper. I looked at this… Continue reading City on a Hill
A month ago, I went to the doctor, and it was apparent that my bad eating habits (along with basically not exercising all summer) had caught up to me. I had gained a few pounds more than I wish I had, and my blood test results came back with some bad things. I mayyyyy have… Continue reading I Don’t Like Labels, but I Guess I’m a Vegan, Now
God has been doing a deep work in my heart this year. Maybe, I finally am catching up on sleep, and He's like, "Ok, now she can handle this." Maybe, it's just time for some growth. Then again, I feel like I have always been at a stage of growth in my life, just different… Continue reading Waiting for Harvest
You know those mornings when you don't really have time to stop and get a drink, but you do it anyway? That was the other day, on our way to church. We stopped at the McDonald's Drive Thru, waited in line, and placed our order. The line seemed to be moving along fine and swift,… Continue reading How a McDonald’s Purchase Humbled Me
After taking the month of June and July off, I hoped I had recovered from my injury: I finished the Rock'n'Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 2, and I knew I needed to take a break. My leg and ankle have been giving me fits since before the Duke City Half Marathon, last… Continue reading Injured
We must realize that God's will shines through everything if we are following Him. In John 16, Jesus is trying to explain to His disciples what is about to happen to Him. They ask a lot of questions, and Jesus tells them that they will be faced with trials and sorrows, and even people who will hurt them in God's name. But. There's a But!!! (Don't you love it when there is a but?!) "But, take heart, because I have overcome the world."
It’s almost July, and I don’t know about you, but my world is getting pretty weary. Christmas is long gone, the New Years Resolutions people promised to keep have been forgotten, and Easter candy has been long devoured. Here we are, in the dead heat of summertime. It seems that more disturbing news is put… Continue reading Why I Believe in Christmas Carols All Year Long
When I was an 8th grader, brand new in the youth group still, we had a Disciple Now weekend. A singer/guitarist named Josh Wilson was our worship leader for the weekend. Not only was Josh very personable, but he was insanely talented. That weekend was impactful for my spiritual life for many reasons, but one… Continue reading Dream Small