My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

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 […]

What Circle Are You In?

When it comes to people I see great big circles drawn on the ground. The circles have labels like pretty or smart or athletic. And sometimes the circles even overlap. Everyone that fits in their circle finds their place. Yet, I am left standing on the outside for one reason. I never fit into the […]

3 Things You Need to Know About Who You Are

A visit to any bookstore will show how self-obsessed we’ve become as a society. Titles scream about how we can be thinner, smarter, more productive, a master chef. If you desire it, you can be it (in 12 easy steps!) That’s what they want us to believe anyway. The world pushes us to always look […]

Something Special For You

Hey Friend!  I know I don’t usually write you a note quite like this, but I wanted you to know something important. First of all, make sure you read the whole letter. There’s a surprise for you at the end! Letters seem like a lost art for conveying important things, don’t they? I can remember […]

I Judged a Pastor Today

I saw a picture from a pastor on the hate-to-love platform of Facebook today. It was nondescript, showing no faces. But it was from someone I know on the periphery and I saw the kind of car they drive. It made me mad. Apparently, I judge pastors. I’m not a car person. I don’t care […]

Why I Still Can’t Call Myself Woman

I watched a video yesterday talking about how we need to stop calling grown women girls. I turned the words around in my head. I understood every part of the argument, but still the word I used to refer to myself was simple. Girl Maybe it’s the reality that despite double digits, 3 kids and a […]

When You Get Motherhood Wrong

I could feel it slipping through my fingers. Any hope of the person I wanted to be falling away as my voice got louder and my fists clenched tight by my sides. This wasn’t how I wanted motherhood to look. This wasn’t the mother I wanted to be. I could give you plenty of examples […]

5 Favorite Quotes from You Are Free

When I first read You are Free by Rebekah Lyons I promised it would not be the last you heard about it here. I knew there were pieces to tell you about. Things that would impact you in deep ways the way they impacted me. But I needed time. I needed time with those pieces. […]

Do You Have Proof of Life?

Do you ever get tired of the noise? We can hit the mute button while surfing the internet, but the screen screams silent begging us to do, look, be. The internet is anything but quiet.   My letter to the internet captures my personal struggle with this amazing connectivity we have at our fingertips, but […]

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 […]