I had been to Amsterdam in 2012 and fell in love with the city quite quickly. The cycling, the canals, the buildings, the beer – all of these things are favorites of mine. Fast forward to Amsterdam 2017. We had a few more days to enjoy the city than I did in 2012 and I … More Amsterdam: The Top Ten
i don’t quite have the right words to explain the beauty, challenges, contradictions, and wonderfulness of life right now. the pull to be back in grand rapids for the holidays but also feeling perfectly content here. envying the snow and cold, but also walking around without a coat and loving it. so, here are a … More for the love of november / december
we have a scion, and i love it. i purchased this as my first major “i graduated from college” purchase. it was a departure from my beloved first car, a bright blue toyota corolla and I think it knew that it had something to live up to. it has safely transported me from city to … More our scion rocks.
last night i had the privilege of having dinner with some of my favorite women on earth. women who have listened to my stories, cried with me, made food for me, and walked with me through some of the hardest transitions in life. these women, this church, has meant the world to all 5 of us in a variety … More bread & wine, community, and our little house church.
every year i welcome advent. it seems to go against all that is going on in the world during the season – gifts, busyness, lists, decorating, stuff, stuff, stuff! advent beacons us to take a moment and want after Christ – to be in the quiet and wait knowing that Emmanuel, God with Us is … More advent: in wanting and waiting
chris and i weren’t making cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie the day before thanksgiving. we were packing our bags to jet off to california for our long awaited visit to my brother, sister-in-law, and one year old niece’s place. i am a pretty proud aunt and since we live in michigan and she lives in … More full of thanksgiving
there are many reasons why i love my husband. he’s kind, considerate, brave, always ready to learn more, and he makes me laugh. unfortunately i don’t always laugh easily, sometimes it takes a bit. but he knows how to make me laugh, belly laughs, nearly to tears laughs. last night i was a bit uptight. … More sometimes you just have to have an almond fight
i am not an animal person. i don’t really like animals, hate hair/fur, and have never desired to have one of my own. i have never owned a pet except for the gerbil that my mom had in her classroom that i took care of on school breaks and in the summer. i did train … More wiggo.
i’m not a very political person. i believe that a lot of the issues in politics are important, but i don’t speak out about many of them. it doesn’t do any good when election day roles around. the only thing i can do is cast my vote. but i love election day. there is a … More election day.
i’ve been contemplating this day for a bit now. chris has been reminding me that i’m a 1/4 of a century old and i’ve been constantly rolling my eyes at him (he’s 362 days younger). but something interesting happens as i get older – the day becomes less important, instead i spend time reflecting on … More 25.