An eventful waiting room experience

We check in with the receptionist and enter the waiting room for Mia’s first doctor’s appointment; an elder lady greets us with a cheerful smile, so I settle down in the chair next to hers. Within seconds she is ohhing and ahhing over Mia, asking her old she is, what she weighed and making endless…

A new story begins

Her eyes flicker as a slight smirk slips from her tiny perfect lips in contentment. These early quiet moments are my favorite, as the sun just starts to dash a pink tinge across the city. She is only 6 days old, 6 full and eventful days that have passed in a blur. Just a week…

love your neighbor as yourself

I love grocery shopping, wondering the aisle, imagining up recipes, flavors and the process of creating food.  I love having a freshly stocked fridge, of putting together a game plan for meals for the coming week and attempting to try new things with food. Sometimes I go really cheep, the basics and try to get…

fabric land, fried chicken and a friendly encounter

I pulled on the closest shirt I could find to match the gray sweatpants, holes included, did the regular check to ensure my very pregnant belly wasn’t hanging out in between, pulled on my coat, throw on the sunglasses hoping it would fix the hair which I had done nothing with. Just two things on my…

days away

The count down continues. We are now only four days away from the expected due date. It’a strange how for longs days come and go and a seemingly normal pace but than suddenly when you are down to the wire how slowly they can creep by. I once read that the first gift a mother…

strapping on the runners

Any given day it sets it, if the sun is shining through the normal spring clouds and if the birds are chirping, I want to run. Running makes me feel alive. I sweat, breath heavy, move less swiftly than I image but I feel alive. This year is a little different. Currently being 38.4 weeks…

The relationship between the Church and a Para-church organization

Being only three short days away from the beginning of a very new season of maternity leave, I have been reflecting a lot lately; the natural reflections and thinking that comes with transition. As I prepare to not only be transitioning into parenthood, but also out of a community I have been a missionary in…

Mindfulness

It is day one of maternity leave for me and twenty one days away till the expected due date. It is the beginning of a new journey as we await this baby and also for me in this shifting of focus and priority. I enjoy waking up and getting started on something, really anything early…

A chapter of a grander story

I watched from a distance as they stepped out in a very attractive faith, trusting in the midst of the unknown, choosing daily to live in grace. The struggle of life being outside of their control, leading them not only to faith, but three amazing young girls becoming their own. I got to be a…

Focusing a new year

Every time we come to the close of another year I find myself eagerly thinking of all the ways to start fresh, start over or start for the first time. I hate new year resolutions, the goals that never happen, the unrealistic hype of new thinking, new motive and change of heart. I love dreaming,…