Writing

Motherhood: It’s not graceful, but it is grace-full

Sojourners, June 2016

My two-and-a-half-year-old is the kind of sweet that I just want to squish. Her glowing cheeks and pudgy flesh bracelets and diaper-clad butukis. I just want to squish her.read more


I am not invisible

Boundless, March 2016

One of the hardest times in my life was after my college graduation. With no job leads, I felt uncertain about my career choice, I was leaving all of my friends to move home with my parents, and I had never had a boyfriend, much less a “ring by spring” as I had hoped. read more


Why the idea of ‘family planning’ can be offensive

Sojourners, February 2016

Every time my husband and I talk about having a third child, I cry. I uggggly cry. He thought we were just talking about hopes and dreams for the future and third-row seating. Boy was he wrong. – See more at: https://sojo.net/articles/why-idea-family-planning-can-be-offensive#sthash.D3AFVHcx.dpuf read more


When the anger of motherhood brings you to tears

Sojourners, November 2015

I’ve heard it said that you don’t know true love until you hold your baby for the first time. I hate that, for so many reasons. And I hate whoever has said it to me or anyone else. … read more


You are Enough. Thoughts on ‘camping out’ at grace.

Sojourners, November 2015

“I don’t want to change you, anymore.” My toddler said this to me … read more


Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation

Sojourners, April 2013

As gun control debates flare on the federal and state levels, evangelical Christians are joining the discussion. … read more


Be on the same parenting team

Focus on the Family,Thriving Family June/July 2015

As gun control debates flare on the federal and state levels, evangelical Christians are joining the discussion. … read more


Crossfit: A Secular Church?

Sojourners, March 2013

The first Christmas after my daughter was born, I got a two-year membership to 24 Hour Fitness as a gift. Included in the membership was one personal training session. … read more


Starving Yourself for Love

Relevant Magazine, July 2010

When Laurie threw up, she listened to music through earphones to drown out the sound of purging her food. And the sound of her crying. … read more


Battling Alcoholism — And Brokenness

Relevant Magazine, June 2010

I could see his scruff, smell the stale urine and nearly taste the alcohol that seemed to waft from his pores. But it was the desperation that touched me. And then I heard him. … read more