Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, March 24, 2017


On hard days I'm most thankful.

That sounds ridiculous but it's true. On hard days I cling to people who love me, I focus on God's faithfulness, His goodness, and every blessing around me.

I know that on hard days God is stretching me, working in me and making me better.

On hard days its easy for me to be thankful because I open my eyes wide to see it, I don't want to miss a thing, because it may just be the one thing that gets me through to the next moment.

Today I thought about how truly blessed I am. I have the greatest people in my life. Ones who give me flowers and cards that say "bloom where you're planted" and people who pray and laugh, people who say "be strong, be brave".

Today while at dinner listening to my daughter talk and tell me about how she stood up for what she believed in, I thought "the hardest days were worth it this week to have this moment" or the walk with the dog.

At the end of this week, I'm thankful.

I'm thankful for grace, and mercy.
I'm thankful for friends and family.
I'm thankful for forgiveness
I'm really thankful that I'm able to serve and love others
I'm thankful for Jesus

Sunday, March 12, 2017


When God put the trip of Uganda in my heart, it was a gift. It was a gift I tried to give back with excuses why I shouldn't/couldn't go.

One of those reasons was the cost.  It was a lot of money in a short amount of time. I have seen God provide in so many ways. I was literally so anxious about the money, I figured it out PER DAY of how much I needed to raise, made 3 different spreadsheets.

One of the requirements was that we needed to have 50% of our money raised by the end of March.

I've cut back on Starbucks, sold tshirts, did secret shopping, people have donated towards my trip. I'm excited to say that I'm 82% there and we aren't even at the end of March!! Each person who has prayed, donated, I'll take them in my heart on this trip. It's such a joy and honor!!!

Not only the cost of the trip, we'd like to take Little Dresses for Africa. Each suitcase costs $100, 5 suitcases (now I need only 4 sponsored - one is!!) I'm trying to get sponsored at $100 each. Have you ever seen those beautiful dresses? It's such a gift to give children hope in the form of a dress or shorts! I've done it in Haiti and El Salvador and I'm thankful that we will get to do it in Uganda!

I've seen God provide like crazy in my life!!! His love and grace is undeniable and overwhelming!

If you'd like to be a part of my trip financially, you can send an online donation via this link. If that is not possible, will you please pray for the trip? That God would move in and through each of us.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Loving my gifts

I was just searching for a movie in our collection. It's annoying to me that our movies aren't in alphabetical order. They are grouped but our current layout doesn't allow for completely alphabetical.  (I'm not judging you if yours are just thrown anywhere).

As I poured beans in the pressure to cook them before I can them I laughed at what a nerd I am because the truth is, I like my own canned beans more than to buy them canned like most people do.

Methodically thinking about what order I'm going to do the laundry, I sighed.

I plant gardens and cook dinner.

I send letters and cards in the mail, I think hugs are great expressions of how much you love someone.

I am a nerd.

I've come to accept who God made me to be. I've even come to a place where I like who I am.

I love that I feel most beautiful when I look the grossest. lol I think about haiti and soup kitchens and my heart does a little flutter.

I love that when I hug people they know I love them. I love that feeding people not only fills their belly, it feeds their souls.

I love that I desire to spend time with God and do what He says, not because I have to but because I want to.

Sure there are things I don't always like about me, but I'll never give up trying to
Be my best me.

I'm not perfect but I love fierce and everything (except the alphabetized dvds) in my life is driven by that love. Even my crazy obsession with kayaking!

My prayer for the people in my life is that they will embrace the gifts that God has given them, and learn to love who God made them to be