Best Friends and Road Trips

Today is National Best Friend Day. I don’t like to limit myself to one best friend. I realize it’s a contradiction, because inherently “best” implies “one.” The best, the ultimate. And as children, it’s always a fight for the title. But as an adult, you realize the value of having multiple best friends. You need…

Countdown to 30…Just You Wait

I’m turning 30 this week. And I’m pretty damn excited about it. “Never regret growing older – it’s a privilege denied to many.”  I don’t know the origin of this quote, but I’ve loved it since I first heard it. Sure, it’s not as hashtag worthy as #YOLO, but it’s far less obnoxious. I’ve never…

Confessions of a Cluster Headache Sufferer

11:55 p.m. Imagine the searing end of a metal fire poker after it’s been thoroughly immersed in hot embers for hours – glowing an angry red. . .furiously hot – and now imagine what it would feel like to be awoken at 11:55 p.m. to that being shoved into your left temple. Every. Night. For…

It is Christ In You, the Hope of Glory

The world sure has seemed exponentially scarier lately, hasn’t it? Maybe because it is, maybe because the media makes us believe it is, or maybe because we have multiple platforms to perpetuate it all. Regardless of the reason, I’ve seen a lot of rhetoric lately from non-Christians about God not answering prayers, or how this…

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, As this Father’s Day approaches, I want to thank you for a few things. Thanks for always carrying me to bed when I was small and pretended to fall asleep in the chair just so you would, in fact, carry me to bed. Thanks for teaching me all your favorite gospel songs as a…

Never Say Never

 I’m not sure how to start this post. I have so many thoughts surrounding this topic, I can’t even decide where to begin. So I’ll go with this. In five days, I will officially become a Catholic. And it has everything to do with God. Come to think of it, I guess this is my…

A “Day” I Can Get Behind

Okay, let’s get real. There’s officially a “day” for everything now (thanks, social media). Whether it’s “National Ice Cream Day,” “National Pet Day,” “National Pancake Day,” (okay, I fully support all of these), or “Wear Your Underwear Over Your Pants Day,” it seems no leaf has gone unturned for a day to celebrate. It doesn’t…

Some Perspective on Thankfulness

Yesterday, my biggest disappointment was that it was Monday and my favorite restaurant is closed on Mondays, so I had to eat at another equally delicious restaurant for dinner, in a warm friendly environment, surrounded by family and so much food we had to take home two boxes of leftovers. Today, I had the very…

My Month without Facebook – Lessons Learned

I’m back, Facebook friends! Let’s get serious – you had no idea I was gone. There are millions of people on Facebook filling your newsfeeds with lists and cat pictures and election drama – you didn’t miss me. Nonetheless, I’m back from a 31-day Facebook hiatus. It was something I needed to do to prove…

Setting Boundaries and Finding Joy

I love doing things for others – planning showers, fundraising, organizing trips, hosting events, planning dinners with friends, volunteering. These things make me happy, they bring a lot of fulfillment and joy to my life. But because of this, I have a tendency to overcommit. And it’s the times when I decide to do too…

“Stay-at-Home Moms” are a Joke – AKA – Dear Mom

Dear Mom, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and I want to make sure you receive the credit that you are due. I know it’s been some years since I lived under your roof and relied on you for food and car rides and money and basic care. But now I have the opportunity to look…

Why You Should Come to our High School Reunion…

It’s officially been ten years since we graduated from high school. TEN. YEARS. Which is weird, because on one hand it seems like yesterday, and on the other it feels like a few lifetimes ago. But alas, the time has come for our 10-year reunion. Perhaps an outdated tradition in this day and age, when…