If there’s a book on an alternative way to do dating, I’ve probably read it. But if you asked me what I got out of those books, I doubt I could give you a very great answer. Most of them seemed vague and impractical, idealistic of virginity, often legalistic, and full of don’ts. Don’t call … More First Comes Love – A Practical Guide to Courtship Part 1
Real talk here, friends. I’m a worrier. I have been for as long as I can remember. The constant questions running through my mind. Always. Am I good enough? Do they really like me? What if I fail? Where do I go from here? Could I have done that better? Stop. And breathe. Am I … More When Trying Isn’t Good Enough
It continually blows my mind how intricately God designed people. The concept of manhood and womanhood and how those weave around each other are particularly fascinating to me! I love watching the ways women grow into the people God made them to be, and how they display so many of God’s wonderful characteristics. God made … More 3 Reasons Why Women Are Worth Celebrating
Our first experiences with having a baby and with parenting have been pretty rough. When Leland was born, he had a “click” in his hip, which meant we should go to the pediatrician and have it looked at to see if something might be wrong. Due to all the health issues I suffered from postpartum … More God is Always Good. Always.
Confessions: I used to see a mom in the store with a baby in a cast, and I would glance at her with a somewhat bewildered sense of pity. How sad to have a baby in a cast. How could she do her grocery shopping, just walking through the store and picking out her peanut … More When You’re “That Guy”
We’re home now. We spent eighteen days in Bolivia. We spent two days acclimating in La Paz, resting, venturing out to buy food at the local market with our gringo Spanish, and watching a lot of futbol out of the apartment window. Then, we traveled higher into the Andes and reached our destination of a … More When What God Has Called You to Doesn’t Feel Special
It’s always fun getting to visit different places. There are different people, with different names, different cultures, different ways of talking, different interests, different currency, different types of restaurants, different modes of transportation, different religions, different priorities, different weather, and different things that bring people together. We spent eighteen days in Bolivia, and experienced all … More Life in Bolivia
I love pouring over Psalms and Proverbs, digging for pieces of how to be a better wife, mom, and woman of God. I love that God gives us ideas and encouragement everywhere for what it means for us to be godly women, and what that looks like in the context of being a mother, sister, … More Building A House, Making A Home
Since Leland was tiny, I have been whispering to him. Those sweet moments as I held him in my arms and I just gazed upon his perfect little face. “I love you, Leland Shepherd,” I would say. “Are you going to be strong? And brave? And gentle? Are you going to be kind? Are you … More Dreaming Big for Our Kids
We are now a week out from embarking on one of the most exciting adventures we have ever experienced! Next Monday, we will head to the airport, board a plane, and be on our way for a seven week excursion to Bolivia. I know that seems a bit random. Bolivia. The poorest country in South America, … More Why Bolivia?