I Paint My Nails Now

I always hid my hands growing up. In my pockets, under my legs, folded together in front of me. Behind closed doors, I'd stare at them, my heart heavy with disappointment. They were small, short, stubby fingers, wide palms, extra cushioning. I never wore jewelry, never put my hands in plain view, and never painted [...]

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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 [...]

Breaking The Silence

Being in ministry, I've heard a lot of testimonies. I've been hearing testimonies since I was small and couldn't even spell testimony. There are testimonies people share that are inspiring, sharing what God did for them and that's neat. Then, I've heard testimonies that grip your heart, that shatter all shame and condemnation and point [...]

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 [...]

Sometimes I Cheat, And That’s Okay.

Before I begin, I want to thank you for clicking on this post. I'm glad I'm not the only person who clicks on links with titles such as these. What's up, my fellow curious readers?! As you have probably expected, I am not talking about the kind of cheating that involves hurting the people around [...]

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 [...]