How to Experience Hope in Hopelessness

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I didn’t get out of bed until 11am. Yesterday I took a mid-day nap and fell asleep reading shoulder to shoulder with our oldest at 8pm. Motivation has withered. Purpose is foggy. I applied at the library- the library, friends. The very one which holds my book on its shelf, and I couldn’t even get an interview. Bryan has applied …

Dear Dad: Dreams

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Dad, I miss you. May have something to do with the boys starting 1st and 3rd grade – getting so big they reach my shoulder – that makes me wish you were coming over to see them after school and ask about their day. I don’t know what time would look like with them now because it’s been so long …

Why You are OK Even When You’re Not

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Listen up, my friends. You who have experienced depression, situational depression or are moving into a season of growth and change. Today at the park, while my monkeys roamed God’s green earth, I sat on a blanket with a much needed Americano at my hip and read a life-changing passage from The Road Less Traveled, a book a CA soul …

When Life Isn’t As it Seems

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I had the strangest dream last night. I came downstairs (Ty apparently got his wish to live in a two-story house) only to notice the first floor flooded. Dark hardwood planks buckled under the kitchen table and chairs tilted precariously from the warped floor. I remember kneeling down, touching the planks, wondering where the water was coming from. And then the panic came. …

Rejection Confessions and a Call to Hope

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I’ve had people tell me – maybe they assume because I write my feelings and stories into the abyss-of-a-universe – that “I must have a million friends” or “I’m sure you’re surrounded,” and kind words along those lines. Bless. Don’t get me wrong. I do have friends. Whom I cannot live without. But I feel compelled to share a confession of sorts, …

How to Quiet the Comparison Voice

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It’s been a stressful season. Bry and I are working our booties off in our marriage, not because things are bad, but because we want them to be great. Deep. On the same page. Confident. And that takes work. Not sure if it’s their ages, or school, or where they are developmentally, but our boys are requesting and requiring much …

Happy 3rd Heavenersary, Dad

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Dad, Wow! Tomorrow marks 3 years since we last hugged, since you cheered the boys at a football game, or “stopped by” on your way to walk the Huntington Beach Pier. Tanner started football again, and it reminds us of his first game, days before your stroke. Do you remember how he stood heads shorter than the other boys? Remember hootin’ …

Hope in the Heavy

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On the way to church yesterday morn, I coached the boys for the upcoming week. Listen up gentlemen. There’s been a tad too much arguing and mocking and atti-ti-tudes going on. Let’s cool it, shall we? Let’s look for the best in each other instead of seeing the worst, okay? I for one, will try to be more patient. Yea, Ty …

The heart behind Laurelbox

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I “met” these women via Instagram and have been blessed by their hearts to journey alongside those experiencing loss in the form of laurelbox. I’m so thankful I get to welcome them to the cottage as they share their story with you. They are everyday world changers and heart encouragers. Their talent is beautiful and their mission priceless. And I …