My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Fill ‘Em Up: Filling Your Kids with Truth

We’re taking a break this week from our Church series to chat books & parenting. Today, we’re talking parenting and how we fill our kids with God’s truth in a messy world. This parenting gig is hard. Can I get an Amen? I love parenting. I really do, and I may or may not have […]

The Gift that Won’t Be Wrapped (A Note for My Kids)

Dear Kids, I know you’ll be happy this Christmas. The lights and the gifts and the family fun. You’ll love it. Probably. Mostly. I mean, you’ll enjoy parts of it. Because here’s the thing. I know you’ll be disappointed, too. Not in a rude, disrespectful way, but in a quiet, deep in your heart way […]

3 Keys from 36 Years of Marriage

I bickered with my husband today. It was nothing major; I probably won’t even remember it in a few days. But there are fights I do remember. Ones that I wish never happened. They remind me of how hard this beautiful thing called marriage is, and how much we all need a little help along […]

How To Have Equally Yoked Friendships

For some, friendship looks natural and easy like taking a stroll on a nice day. That has never been my reality. Friendship is hard work, and often leaves me fumbling and awkward. I’m honored to welcome Bethany to share today about how we can strengthen our friendships. Ever participated in a three-legged race? Your leg […]

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 4

We’re wrapping up our series today on how you can help someone without trying to save them. The last two pieces connect so well and they both make such a difference. Be A Friend This might be tricky, because every situation is different. It may mean listening and giving the person a chance to vent. […]

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 3

Some people I love dearly are going through hard things. The messy hard that wrings you out and leaves you exhausted. There isn’t anything I can say to fix their situation, but I can help with the effects of what they are going through. And you can help someone, too.  Be Practical When someone is […]

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 2

Knowing how to help someone who is going through something hard is challenging. We often feel like we say the wrong thing or don’t want to be a bother. So we do nothing. But doing nothing doesn’t help. The second post in a series, this is something you can really do and it makes such […]

5 Ways To Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 1

When we realize we cannot save someone else, we are left with the question: What can we do? The quick answer is LOVE…but what does that look like in real life? We need practical suggestions for helping someone in crisis or struggling through a difficult time. Things that we feel like we can really do, […]

How To Have The Best Summer Ever

I’m watching calendar days fly by, and I’m filled with equal parts excitement and dread. Our family routines will all change in just a few short weeks when spring becomes summer. And let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this starts on June 21. No, summer starts around here the moment the kids are done with […]

The End of a Friendship

There are times when a friendship ends naturally, organically. It’s life moving on and changing. But other times a friendship is purposefully terminated, ripped away and ended abruptly like a bad breakup in middle school. It’s been almost a year since a friend broke up with me. I haven’t talked about it much because it […]