Good Friday

Three Easters ago we lost our first baby, our Cadence, to a miscarriage. That quiet Easter passed with pain paired with peace. Because peace is not the absence of pain. Nor is joy the absence of pain. And neither means we have all the answers or understand all the “whys” that press into our minds. We know that someday our peace will be made complete in Jesus without the presence of pain. But we know not the day or time. And some days hanging on to that future hope is hard. Three years ago, the Easter Lily sitting on our antique … Read more…

He is Here

This Easter we celebrate so much: Christ conquering death, defeating Satan, and delivering forgiveness, restoration, and redemption as only He could. Though Christ rose from the dead many, many years ago, may we never forget the resounding truth that He is Here. Jesus stands as our advocate in heaven, but also within our hearts and souls in the form of the Holy Spirit. Every day we have reason to celebrate this incredible truth.

Surrender and the Joy of Spring

Over the past three weeks we have been enjoying spring-like weather. Everything is budding or blooming. Everywhere I look, new life is pushing its way out of the earth. This warm weather has resulted in several family walks. Rebekah has taken to wanting to either hold tight to one of our hands or on to Hazel’s leash–which she is quite good at! Columbia has so many parks and trails that we are still exploring and finding new locations to walk. Over the past two weeks we have either visited or been visited by both of our families. This new year truly … Read more…

Full Circle

Today marks a landmark for us. We have come full circle in this past year. From heartache to hope. This time last year we were cowering in our house in intense pain, both physical and emotional. We knew we were having a miscarriage, but I did not realize the physical pain that would accompany it when my body finally decided to clean house. I was in no shape to travel and Mitch didn’t want to leave my side, so we stayed home from the yearly Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) youth convention. This year, we are again home from LTC because I am … Read more…

Lent and Our Little One

Lent and Our Little One

Last year Lent was an emotional roller coaster for us. We decided to give up meat and go vegetarian. However, a couple days into Lent, I realized I was pregnant. Out of fear of depriving my body of protein during early pregnancy, we started eating meat again. Lent was a new idea to us anyways. It is not a tradition that most churches of Christ practice. A week before Easter we learned that I had a blighted ovum. Easter weekend my body fully committed to the miscarriage. I still remember one of our elders bringing over a white Easter Lily to … Read more…