• friendship,  inner world,  jesus,  mom blogs

    Friendship What Ifs

    When it comes to making new friends, what holds you back? Here are a couple things I’ve been learning as I face my friendship fears in a new city. I recently moved to a new city and I am plagued by doubts in building new relationships: What if I reach out and she doesn’t respond? What if I share something vulnerable and I’m judged? What if we hang out and it’s really awkward? What if I show up to an event and feel out of place? ​Building relationships takes initiative, time and energy. Do you know many women who have an excess of those commodities? Yeah, me neither. But I’m…

  • church,  friendship

    one is the loneliest number

    When you’ve moved to a new town, what’s the best way you’ve found to connect with people? I’m thankful that there has been a handful of folks that we knew when we moved to Cleveland- it’s been great to be invited over for meals, go out to record shops we would have never known about and have people over for game nights.  It’s made the transition here a lot easier (you know who you are- thank you friends!). I’ve moved a few other times in my life- in high school, to college, to Grand Rapids after college when I still had the crazy idea I’d go to law school and…

  • mom blogs,  parenting

    sad mama heart

    Moving is tough- especially when you’re a three year old and don’t understand the concepts of time or distance.  I knew that once fall hit & our hectic travel schedule ceased we’d start to feel that we really have moved.  Well, this week it feels like we have moved. I’ve moved a few times in my life throughout high school, college and adulthood. However, I’ve never moved with a child before.  At the beginning of the summer Reuben was super-excited to be in Cleveland (and who wouldn’t be btw!;) For the last week he’s been asking me every day “can we go over to Ransoms house? Can we go see…

  • Uncategorized

    greetings from boxland

    Countdown to Cleveland Heights residency: two days. Count of fast food restaurants I have eaten at in the past two days: 3 Count of calories burned from hauling boxes into the moving trailer in ridiculously sweltering humidity: 8,547. Count of extra cash earned from craislist/ebay/garage sales/: $700 Count of awesome friends who have helped us pack/load boxes: 10 Count of books packed: way, way too many. Count of parties throw in the past 5 days: 3, including a Mcdonalds b-day party for Reuben tonight. Count of how many times I’ve thought “this feels surreal” as I hear the echos in my mostly empty home: innumerable. Count of the number of…

  • baking,  Uncategorized

    use it don’t move it

    this is my philosophy for the next two weeks while Dave and I pack our house up to move to Cleveland Heights, OH. Today I took stock of what we had in our cupboards and freezer to figure out how we could eat everything up and not have to move it. I had been debating about whether or not to pack our crockpot and breadmaker- two things we use on a weekly basis and two things that make our lives easier. For the sake of our sanity and our budget I decided that I’d rather use what we had, not pack or throw out the one cup of rye flour…