Fathers, Fishing Lines, and Patience

We pulled up in a big pick up truck to the edge of Lake Lahottan. I had La Croix in one hand, and sunscreen in the other, determined that my first time fishing (that I'd remember) would be successful. My dad and step mom got out of the truck, and we lugged our camp chairs [...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Soul

I love to bake. Most specifically, I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are, hands down, my favorite dessert. I get really excited over a good chocolate chip cookie. I love to turn on some music, tie an apron around myself, and get to work in the kitchen. In these times, I [...]

You’re Worth More Than The Lobster

I don't know about you, but I love stand up comedy. One of my favorite things in the whole entire world is laughing, and laughing really hard so it feels like your side is going to split. Laughing is good for your soul. My sisters and I will turn on a stand up special, sit [...]

I Was Hiding, Now I’m Gliding

Sparkly tutus, matching tiaras, and princess wands. The camera is focused on me and my little sister as we sing and dance, our tiny faces lit with such delight as we perform. I am freely singing with my whole heart a song, no shame as my mother sits behind the scenes, encouraging us. Fast forward [...]

It Feels Like Yesterday´╗┐

You know that feeling you get when you scroll through an old high school friend's Instagram? Maybe you had randomly found them, or maybe you still follow them. You click on their name, curious at how their life looks since the time when you knew each other. You see their friends, their relationship, their life, [...]

Free at Heart

What do you want? The future can be terrifying. What's even more terrifying sometimes is being asked what you want in the future. What do you mean, what do I want?? I can't answer this question. I don't even know what I want for dinner today, let alone what I want in ten years. I have [...]

From Orphan to Family: Anne of Green Gables

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the romance of older times. From the Victorian era to the early 1900s, I was captivated by the simplicity and innocence that they held. Still to this day I adore Jane Austen and any other period piece I can get my hands on. Not too long [...]

Strength in the Quiet

I used to hate the quiet. Empty rooms, vacant driveways, total silence, and the overwhelming feeling of being alone. The realization would sink in and my heart would drop to my stomach. No one was home, no one was around. There are some who may be overjoyed to be greeted with what they see as [...]

Why I Forgave Men

There is no specific incident that is more painful or important than another that I can recall that would illustrate my distrustful beginnings with men. From the story of my conception, to the story of my childhood, even leading into adulthood, all that makes sense is that the enemy has been out to distort my [...]