open your booty!

Reuben has been cracking us up lately with the random things he says & the ways he says them. I love life with a toddler even when it can be really crazy and tiring. ¬†Here are some of the hilarious “reuben-isms” as of late: He likes to sing baa-baa black sheep with a Beatles twist[…]

last day(s) of strive for five!

So, for those of you who took my challenge to “Strive for Five” fruits and vegetables over the month of September, how did it go? I know we still technically have the rest of today & tomorrow, but I’m guessing you’re going to go the distance and eat a few extra carrots ūüôā (you go[…]

stray cats

As I was sitting & reading in our backyard I had a knot of anxiety in my stomach that I was trying to ignore. We had just received a letter informing us that an annual grant we receive of $4,000 wouldn’t be given to us any longer. I was trying to calm down and let[…]

friday fluff day- ArtPrize!!

We watched a gem miner last night in live action during ArtPrize competition, the worlds largest art competition taking place in Grand Rapids, MI. ¬†Our uber-creative friend and artist Adam Wolpa sculped a gem mine and then did performance art to “mine” the gems, shining a light on the sparkly rocks and gems. It was[…]

am I getting stupider?

When I was about to graduate from Michigan State University I¬†was afraid of my brain turning to mush in the 9-5 world so¬†I asked one of my professors “what can I do to make sure I don’t get stupider after college?” ¬†Dr. Kotzin, a wizened Jewish woman whom I had taken an intro to philosophy[…]

subversive humility

Stick it to the man- learn how to subvert the system through practicing humility. ¬†Check out my podcast to learn how at the link below! I initially preached out of this passage, Phillipians 2 at Cedar Campus to a group of about 200 college students from InterVarsity chapters across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Recently I[…]

with a little help from my friends (or how I lost 20 lbs)

I’ve been having so much fun doing strive for five with you guys! It almost makes me not want to stop blogging about it on Tuesdays in October when we’ll shift our focus to a spiritual challenge! I was thinking about possibly continuing to blog about food/eating/recipes/being healthy on another day because I’ve personally enjoyed[…]

finding my voice in Adventureland

Recently Dave and I watched adventureland the latest flick from the Judd Apatow click directed by Greg Mottola who worked with Apatow on Superbad. While I’ve seen most of Apatow’s movies- (I actually went into labor the night my husband and I saw Knocked Up in the theatre) this was much more of a dark[…]

friday fluff day (aka- jillian, boots, leeks)

This week felt craaazy long! Good thing I had the tears of Jillian, the inspiration of sweet leather boots & the yumminess of leeks to help see me through. So- did anyone watch The Biggest Loser (TBL) premiere this week? I was starting to feel a cold beginning to set in so I curled up[…]

We should mate, uh, I mean date!

Doesn’t dating make you crazy sometimes? ¬†I was out with some girlfriends awhile ago on a Saturday night at Republic and as we were watching the brigade of mini-skirt clad ladies make their way upstairs, primly holding stems of martini glasses to make sure not to spill, we mused on life as married women who[…]

channeling my inner 5th grader (or how I lost 20 lbs)

What helps you to stay motivated when you’re working towards a goal? ¬†For me it had to do with some stickers…and a little reminder from cookie monster. (if you don’t think you have time to click on this link, just doooo it- trust me it will be a highlight of your day.) Thanks for the[…]


Recently I did something I wasn’t very pleased with. If I’m really honest, I was ashamed and disturbed that I did this thing. ¬†Though I didn’t end up acting on the thing I was thinking about, there was an internal boundary I crossed. Whenever this happens to me, which is pretty regularly; I say something[…]

I love you, man! (the sermon)

What do Peter Klaven from “I love you, man” ¬†and Peter from scripture have in common? Take a listen to my blog post today & find out! This is about a 15 minute long “sermonette” that I had to preach for a class I took this past spring at Wheaton Graduate School on the Gospel[…]

friends, how many of us have them?

How do you decide who will be your friend on facebook? Magazines like Wired and Real Simple are offering guidance as to facebook etiquette or how to even buy friends for those of us that feel confused by navigating what it means to be a friend these days. The hip hop group Whodini asked the[…]

give me more fruit! (or, how I lost 20 lbs.)

It’s rare to find a person that isn’t interested in dropping a little weight. Few of us are content with how we look even though 20 years from now it’s likely that we’ll look back on pictures and think- “dang! I looked gooood!” and chide ourselves for not being more thankful for bodies that function[…]

I’m all for going green, but this is getting ridiculous

It’s inescapable, going green is what’s hot. ¬†Except that I’ve been green for a long time. ¬†Maybe it had something to do with growing up in the U.P. that I developed an affinity for the lush forests and pine needle strewn ground, but I have always loved the color green. Except lately it’s developed into[…]

what i really want to tell you

Do you ever find yourself thinking in facebook updates but not actually posting them? ¬†I find it a funny way to encapsulate what I am feeling at any given moment. Usually I self-censor because it would be inappropriate to share some of these things. Like when I’m angry, as in:¬†“Jessica wishes that her husband would[…]

be still my beeting heart

This spring Dave and I signed up for a share of groundswell farm to see what it would be like to participate in community supported agriculture (CSA). ¬†It has been really enjoyable to buy veggies directly from the people who grow them, including one of my favorites: beets! I tried this recipe last night cooking[…]