I am not a gardener. Plants look at me and die which is odd given my mom is a natural green thumb. When I lived in Hawaii I desperately wanted plants around my house and finally went to Lowe’s seeking help. I explained my brown thumb syndrome to an associate there and she handed me a plant. “If you can kill this one you should just quit,” she challenged jokingly. A week later it was dead. I haven’t had a plant since. Continue reading “From Gardening to God”
A girlfriend was in town visiting last week and I was on a mission to find things to do with a baby in tow. We both love waterfalls but I didn’t feel like doing the two and a half hour drive to Shoshone Falls, especially since I was just there a month or so ago. A quick Google search led me to Jump Creek Falls located in Owyhee County, about an hour drive west of Boise. The falls themselves are small but beautiful and the water appeared to be safe for wading and water play.
The other day I was at my wit’s end with Olivia and her napping (or rather, lack thereof) and I looked at Luke in desperation. “How do they do it?” I cried. “How do all these moms make it look so easy?” He laughed, of course, and reminded me people probably say that about us. (How do they do it? Their daughter is 5 months old and they travel with her!) Continue reading “The Comparison Game”
I visited a friend yesterday and was sent home with two grocery bags full of fresh picked cherries from her mother’s tree. Even after setting some aside to share with friends & family, there was no way Luke and I would be able to eat them all before they went bad. I decided a cherry pie was in order. Continue reading “Life Hack: How to Pit a Cherry”
Outside of the family I was born into, some of the most important relationships I have in my life were formed in Hawaii. While I tend to cringe at the word “tribe,” if I were to use it, it would be in reference to this group of people. We were all part of a ministry called Home Port Hospitality House, a facet of Cadence International. We shared meals, laughter, and tears. We challenged one another to be more like Christ, watched families grow, and lived life together. However, over the years we also shared a lot of goodbyes as people PCSed (moved) to different bases. And now, I have friends in England, Singapore, Guam, and all throughout the United States. While we keep in touch quite often via technology – Facebook, FaceTime, WhatsApp – it is rare we get to see each other face to face. But when we do, it’s like it was just yesterday that we were all gathering together for our Friday Bible study. Continue reading “Like Yesterday”
Olivia is four and a half months old and my life looks so very different than before. From Hawaii to Idaho, TV appearances and fashion events to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and play dates, being one of the leaders in bible study to the new girl at church, stilettos to strollers. (Nevermind, I still wear stilettos.) I was talking to someone the other day and she summed it up perfectly when she said, “The only things which haven’t changed in your life are Jesus and your husband. And even your husband is gone [traveling for work] more than he used to be.” Sometimes I struggle with the changes. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. I also know there is a season for everything (Hello, Ecclesiastes!) and I certainly don’t want to waste the one I am in. I know God is teaching me wonderful things and before I know it, the next season will be here and I’ll be looking longingly back on this one Continue reading “A Season For Everything”
I have been blessed with some amazing friendships, some of which were very unexpected. It’s always special when you realize a person you call a friend has become more like a member of your family. During my time in Hawaii, when I didn’t have any immediate blood relatives nearby, these relationships were even more critical. Continue reading “From Family to Friends”