Dear 2017

Dear 2017, I am closing the door on you because I’m weary. But before I come across as a whiny brat though, I absolutely must acknowledge that you were the backdrop for some very sweet experiences. January: My husband and I began living together full time. I released...

Holidays for the Hurting: Broken

No one wants to feel broken at Christmas. But you do. We want brokenness to stop for holidays and special events, but life just isn’t like that. So here you are. You are moving slowly. You are hurting. You feel listless, painfully aware of what’s not right in your...

Getting through the Holidays

Are you in a hard marriage? Are you separated? Are you divorced? Are you a single mom? Are you dreading holiday gatherings? Are you dreading not having plans on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve? Are you dreading not being able to do your years’-long...

Gratitude Challenge

We all know deep down that we are more blessed than we acknowledge, so I’m laying down a challenge to you, my sweet readers. Every night between now and the end of the year, let’s commit to take at least five minutes to write down the following: -3 good...

Reflecting on 2016 & Your Heart

Every year now for probably a dozen years or so, I spend some time thinking back on the previous year. I do three things: I read through all of my journals from the past year, I read all of the sweet notes I have received from friends and family during the previous...