My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Finding Hope in the Broken Places

Hope can be hidden in the middle of your grief. Find it today.

I’ve talked about adoption here before, telling my own story. Today I welcome a fellow writer to share a piece of her journey, in all it’s beautiful broken pieces.  Natalie shares her story of finding grace as she discovered Jesus sitting with her in the darkest moments of her journey. We all have different stories, […]

How To Do More Than Survive

Do you long to go through your days doing more than simply surviving? These two tips will make all the difference.

I hate September. Well, maybe not everything about September. After all, there are sweatshirts and apples and cool nights. Those are the saving graces, because the rest brings me to my knees. Shifting from a summer mindset into a school mindset is rough. I’m not just talking bedtimes and early wakeups either. There’s first days […]

End of Summer Reading

There’s something special about summer reading. I don’t sacrifice quality in the name of a carefree summer attitude, although I did find my way back to fiction last month. Yet, I find myself gravitating to ease and casual. Perhaps my final month of summer reading is like a barbecue with paper plates and giant watermelons […]

Are You Looking For A Guide?

Are you looking for answers? I know something that will help.

When I’m searching for meaning and inspiration behind these words I type, I find myself face to face with the simple. Looking to fall in love again I seek out words in their purest form before I try so hard and shine them up for you to read. I find myself back at Five Minute […]

5 Things I’ve Learned This Summer

In all the summer sun and fun we can learn a lot, if we only pay attention. These 5 things are simple and complex and can change your whole perspective.

It’s easy to let days turn into weeks into whole seasons without really thinking. Emily challenges us to pay attention to the things we learn everyday. The big things, the small things and the things we’re not even sure matter. When we pay attention we see that it all matters because it’s all part of […]

Too Good Not To Share

Like sunset fires on the beach, these links are too good not to share! Don't miss them!

This online world makes it possible for you to read these words. I love it. But sometimes, sometimes it gets to be too much. This month I came upon some great advice, real people stories actually, of how they are learning to use the internet for all the good. And sometimes this means setting limits, […]

Let Yourself Get Lost

Don't miss fiction to get lost in only to find pieces of yourself! Here's what I read this month @ My Ink Dance.

I fell back in love with fiction this month. Actually, I never fell out of love. I just allowed myself to get lost. Fiction is a happy place, usually allowing me to wander and wonder through all the imaginings of the writer. It’s a beautiful thing to get so wrapped up in a character that […]

5 Guidelines to Getting It Together

Can you really have it all together? Maybe not, but there are 5 things that can help!

Sometimes I find I need to learn something more than once. This summer I’m revisiting a few things God has shown me in the hopes that the lessons will go deeper. I’ve often tried to have a life that’s put together. I want to get it all done, perfectly, and come out smiling on the […]

How Awesome Will Your Summer Be?

Having an awesome summer is possible with this simple change!

Summer is the great playtime of the year. It’s like recess; a break from the responsibilities. Except when it’s not.  I find myself holding this idea that summer should be FANTASTIC and FUN and SUN. But there’s still laundry and cooking and vacuuming. The bills keep coming and the everyday-ness of life still happens.  How […]

A Letter to My Future Self

What would you tell your future self? Maybe you need to hear these words today. Don't miss this letter!

My daughter had an assignment at school recently to write a letter to herself, and the teacher will send it to her when she graduates high school. As I listened to her talk about her letter, I found myself thinking about my own letter. Last year I wrote a letter to my body; perhaps a […]