My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Why Imperfect is Enough

I lay there in my bed, hands reflexively resting on my belly. The days of feeling little baby kicks are long gone, but some of the roundness remains. I thought of what my body was, what it is. And in that moment I did something radical. Want to know what I did? I am so […]

Is The Internet for The Pretty People?

It seems like the internet is for the pretty people. The ones with perfect hair and perfect hips. With green grass and appropriately big earrings. With holiday home tours and perfectly white teeth. Basically, not me. And I began to wonder about this virtual world we spend so much of our time in. Is it […]

The Song You Need to Hear Over and Over

Every once in a while I find a song that needs to be played in the background of all I do until it seeps deep into my soul, into a place where I really believe it. I am so grateful Emily posted this and I can play it until it becomes as natural as breathing. Let […]

When The Perfect Picture is All Wrong

It was the perfect picture. Or, it was going to be. Once I moved this part and found the light and tilted that way. But really, it was perfect. I just needed to click at the right moment. I was wrapped up in the process. Getting the right light. Arranging things just so. Focus and […]

I’m A Fraud

I sit here stringing together words to encourage you. Words that are honest and vulnerable, that hopefully leave you feeling encouraged or less alone in this complicated world. Today, I feel like a fraud. For me, it feels easy to be open about real feelings and thoughts. It is part of who I am. I’ve […]

Who Are You?

Who do you think you are? The voice whispers condescending in my ear. I know why it was a snake in the garden. It’s something about the hiss. My answer comes slow and quiet. On shaky knees I reply, “I am a child of the Father.” Are you really? Yes? Yes. But somehow the question […]

A New Kind Of List

I made a list today. This isn’t a big surprise. I love lists, and I’ve even been known to make a list including something I’ve already done just for the joy of checking it off. (Maybe that can be our secret?) I think it’s my type A personality. I’ve made To Do Lists, Job Lists, […]

To The One Who Feels Like Their Life Is Plain

I don’t like vanilla ice cream. I won’t even choose chocolate, and I love chocolate. For me, there has to be something in it. Cookies or chips or chunks. Something to dress it up, spice it up, make it better. I want the wow factor. It seems a lot of us do. Maybe that’s why our […]

When You Want To Be Someone Else

I think about all the gifts I have, posting them with hashtags and pictures to shout my gratitude across the virtual web of this great big world. I am full and grateful for my life and my people and my luxuries. But sometimes there is a whisper that feels like a curse in church. Sometimes […]

When You Feel Invisible

I walked into the little market and immediately saw three people I knew. They were perfectly pleasant people, always friendly in the past. Busy with their work and conversations, I headed over to the soup comfortably minding my own business. I wasn’t sure how to go forward. It’s that moment when I wonder if I […]