I believe we were created for an abundant life. The problem is, we settle too quickly in the comfortable shadows when true abundance is found within the uncomfortable light. It's one thing to step into the daring way; it's another thing to continue-on when life feels hard. I hope my words here will bring light to your weary journey so you can walk boldly in faith and find rest in Christ.

I write to encourage you, weary journeyer, wrestling with the work God is doing in your heart by sharing my own journey through suffering in faith. As someone who spent most of her life avoiding conflict, I know that following Christ isn't easy but seeking to live a pain-free life is to suffer aimlessly. Through an unexpected journey of helping my husband replant a broken church while simultaneously doubling our kids from three to six through adoption, I discovered what it means to find joy and rest when life is hard and continue to learn the abundant life of sharing in the sufferings of Christ. 


As I share my story along the way, I hope that my journey of being made new can encourage you on yours. I look forward to seeing where our paths meet along the way. 



  • I grew up in Minnesota. I left, then came back.

  • I was adopted into the family of God. I wandered, then claimed my place as His daughter. 

  • I met a boy I didn’t like in High School. We fell in love and got married when we were nineteen. 

  • We struggled with infertility for 4.5 years. Now we have six kids.

  • Adopting three siblings from West Africa was impossible. Against all odds, we brought them home.

  • I never wanted to be a pastor's wife. I am one now.  

  • I have held everything in my life too tightly and too loosely.

  • I have avoided pain, and I’ve embraced it. 

  • I've been bolder than I thought possible, and I've let fear stop me too many times.

  • I have started over more times than I can count. 

  • And then, I stopped bridling my response to Lord's work in my life. 


the note

thoughtful reflections and a simple list of recommendations I don't share elsewhere.

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"The hard thing you and I are called to do today is not the jobs we do, the places we go, or the people we must love; it is first and foremost the hard work of turning our affections from self to Savior."

-Ruth Chou Simons


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