On my twenty fifth birthday, just over a year ago, I left home for my hometown. It was the hardest goodbye I’ve ever said, full of hard, individual goodbyes & somehow harder hellos. 25 was by far the toughest 365 days. It wasn’t all bad; it would be dishonest to pretend so. There were sweet […]Read more "A Year Later"
“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted — mostly because I had assumed there would be a thousand more.” ~ Morgan Matson I’ve had an obsession with quotes & quote collecting since I was young. I have a notebook I’ve been filling with quotes, an on-going list in my phone, & a […]Read more "When The Road Diverges"
Some things that have happened in the last few months: Wrapped up helping at CRICS (Chiang Rai International Christian School) & turned down the opportunity to teach 11th grade English Went home for furlough & saw one of my life-long friends get married. Spent time with family & friends, met my niece for the first […]Read more "A Brief Summary of Life So Far…"
A memory came back to me recently from when I was working at The Sheepfold. One night, a mom was sharing her dreams with me, the ones she kept to herself, locked in her heart because she didn’t see how they could possibly come true. “But there’s already people out there, doing the things I […]Read more "Comparison is the Thief of Joy"
Man. Ain’t that the truth. Three months have gone by (Ah! What? How?) without so much as a single paragraph posted. This is due in part to the fact that I started a Facebook group for friends and supporters & I’ve found that it’s much easier to throw a quick status up on there than it’s […]Read more "These Blogs Don’t Write Themselves…"
This city has really captured my heart over the course of the last month. It has been an interesting ride, doing life in a new city/culture/country. The adjustment has been a smooth one so far, even as there are still practical things to figure out. (For example, figuring out where people go for food? I’ve been frequenting […]Read more "Chiang Rai"
* Originally written 13 August 2016 * We’re here! On August 8th, ten of us boarded our flights at LAX, beginning the first leg of our journey to Chiang Rai, Thailand. The flight itself was relatively uneventful & we wiled away the hours with in-flight movies, books, praying, & doodling. The lucky ones even managed to […]Read more "Landed (Week One)"
24 DAYS. During this whole experience, I have found myself in a place of tension—the desire to trust God wholly & unwaveringly fights the slightly terrifying sensation of not knowing how it will all come together. Often over the last year I have fielded numerous questions, in so many words or less, about how I could […]Read more "Learning to Trust"
4 months, 16 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes, & 35 seconds… 34 seconds, 33 seconds… Every second, my countdown app tells me that my departure date is looming closer & closer; a steady reminder of the adventure ahead, a promise soon to come to fruition. With every lost second, my anticipation builds & those 4 months seem like […]Read more "“By faith…”"