Rebecca: Balancing Independence & Significance

Rebecca: Balancing Independence & Significance

Behind-the-scenes: If you are familiar with the ever-increasingly popular Enneagram, then you will be pleased to know I met my first match in Rebecca. We are both 3's! Hard work, passion, and accomplishment pump through this woman's lungs as she strives to live out...

Hailey: Looking in Eyes of Peace

Hailey: Looking in Eyes of Peace

Alright, let me introduce Hailey. She is a lover of Abiqua Falls, Salem, and her family--Cody and Wesley. While I have not known Hailey for long, in the short time I have spent with her, my soul knows she is valuable. This woman brings a quiet strength into any room...

Caley: Giving Up Perfection

Caley: Giving Up Perfection

Behind-the-scenes: I earnestly hope everyone has a "Caley" in their lives. She is someone who brings life into a room and gives space to the messy bits of life. She and I met through friends and husbands years ago, but what drew me to her this time was our mutual...

McKinzie: Knowing Who I Am

McKinzie: Knowing Who I Am

I am alive, extraordinarily alive. I love to sing, sing loud and passionately. I am moved with and by music and the space in time it brings me into. My memories are hidden in music. I breathe in pain, wear it for awhile, and then let laughter and hope hang it back up...

Laura: Clinging to Hope

Laura: Clinging to Hope

Behind the scenes: I typically give a brief look into the relationship I have with the person I interviewed here. However, this weeks interviewee is significant and a special case. No light or heavy words will be left here to describe her. She doesn't want them or...

McKinzie: Looking For–and Finding–Intimacy

McKinzie: Looking For–and Finding–Intimacy

As you might know, my soul sings when I get to participate in life-giving conversations. The exchange of eye contact, honesty, and time are treasures few give out. Instead, people get coffee with their cell-phones; and happen to be sitting across from someone who is...

Josh: Resetting the Soul

Josh: Resetting the Soul

Boys are different; or, the ones who have walked in, through, and out of my life sure are. Each one is oddly unique, but curiously similar. Deep thinking, observant humans have a way of finding one another. Josh is this type of person; and, lucky enough for me, he was...

Katie: Giving Back Fear

Katie: Giving Back Fear

Behind the scenes: From catching fish on a boat in Alaska to delivering babies in Haiti, Katie has experienced a wide array of God’s creativity and love. She is currently in her first term of nursing school, and is rapidly learning how to balance the fear she feels...

McKinzie: Who I Thought I Would Be

McKinzie: Who I Thought I Would Be

The first sentence of something new frequently sends me into a tailspin. How should I word this? What do I want to say? Where do I want this to go or end up? And, the whirlwind of my overthinking mind hurls me onward, towards complicating the simple questions and...

TiAnna: Claiming Hope

TiAnna: Claiming Hope

Not many people know, but I house a mildly crippling fear of pregnancy. It doesn’t haunt me or keep me awake at night; but, I do find I clothe myself in the fear of what if’s? What if my body isn’t capable of creating a baby? What if I cannot control my anxiety as...