Face to Face

Face to Face

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to the tomb. (Matthew 28:1, NIV) Minnesota dawned sunny today, this Easter morning. Can I be honest with you? I do not always wake up happy. Many mornings, thinking about all that is wrong, dark, or hard … Continue reading

From Scratch: Recipe for a Home

From Scratch: Recipe for a Home

A home is a place you feel welcome. Safe. Loved. But homes aren’t instant entities. Homes are made. I am in a homemaking season. I have no idea what I’m doing. How does an unpracticed twenty-two year-old like me create a home from scratch? It’s funny how, until a certain point in your life, we … Continue reading

What Not To Do In Your First Month of Marriage

What Not To Do In Your First Month of Marriage

[Author’s note: The following is taken from real-life experience. Consider it a “best of” compilation of sorts. The author hopes these honest confessions prove useful to newly married, engaged, or hopeful women everywhere.] What Not To Do In Your First Month Of Marriage Make serious culinary mishaps. Choose from among the following options: Bake brownie … Continue reading

Messed up

Last week at the grocery store, Mary Kay checked me out. I recognized her immediately. Mary Kay was one of the para professionals at my elementary school. It’s funny because I have seen her at the store many times over the years but we’ve never spoken. I didn’t think she’d know me from Adam. Should … Continue reading

Pushing yellow lights

I don’t like sitting in the car. I don’t like it one bit. Because of it, I’ve been pushing yellow lights all week to try and speed up the waiting. And of course, I am then chided by a red light just as I skim across the intersection. Oops. Yes, I know it’s slippery and extremely … Continue reading

A Letter to Neil Gaiman

Dear Mr. Gaiman, I just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m moved, beyond words. I’ve spent the last fifteen minutes eating popcorn and cookies, paging through journals, and staring into lightbulbs to find the words to say back to you. A personal work demands a personal response – and instead of a … Continue reading


This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in … Continue reading

Plate Expectations

Sometimes we have high, high hopes, but life serves us something messy. Story time. Today, in a sugar-starved fit, I set out to make the world’s sugariest cake. Meet the Salted Caramel Layer Cake.* Brown sugar vanilla cake, covered in a brown sugar cream cheese frosting, and topped in a salted caramel glaze. Oh yes. … Continue reading

Transitions and altars

While you were sleeping on Saturday night, we transitioned. Stepped straight into September. New months are nothing new, but somehow September signifies more than just a new month. It’s summer’s end, autumn’s advent, and  back-to-school season. Since I was five years old, September meant school. For the past four years, I journeyed back to college … Continue reading