It always amazes me how people all around us carry stories of miracles, and oftentimes we never even have the chance to hear them. When Lauren shared briefly on Facebook about how God healed her son Izak, I knew I wanted to hear more. The stories God writes in our lives are meant to be shared - to encourage and ignite hope. Not everyone's story is the same, and we can't pretend to know how God will work in each situation, but I'm thankful that through the witness In each others' lives, God continually shows himself faithful. I'm honored Lauren...

Let’s start with a fact. I am better at folding laundry than my children. In fact, I’m better at folding laundry than anyone in my household, and my husband will happily attest to that. I actually enjoy folding laundry under the right circumstances, I think it’s from my days working retail in college. There’s something therapeutic about seeing neat piles of clothes sorted by type and person. Now, let’s go to a confession. Some days, when my 4 year old asks to help me fold laundry, I honestly can’t be bothered. I give him an excuse, shrug him off, and say “it’s ok honey, you’re so...

This is a guest post written by my beautiful and talented friend, Jess. You can find her at Oil & Splendor. Anger is easy. I’m sitting on my couch, very pregnant, and very annoyed. Why? Because I’m impatient. I’m 37 weeks , and I think I should be finished, and that this little guy should come out…NOW! My other pregnancies were not like this. Graeme was born on his due date, and Scout was five days early. I was ready, but I don’t remember feeling this need to go early, or this extreme discomfort. A disclaimer…I have had a relatively easy pregnancy, but these past few...

I never knew I had an issue with ungodly anger until I had kids and became a stay at home mom. There’s something that stirs up when, day after day of not being able to control my environment, trying in vain to respond rationally to an irrational person, and trying to prove my worth in a role that is generally unappreciated and undervalued, that brings out the ugly things inside of me. For many years I struggled to manage my anger outbursts, which were mainly geared toward my kids, a few times toward my husband. I read articles, blogs, listened to podcasts, searched through...

I used to think I didn’t have any problems with my cultural identity. Clearly, I was just white, but looked a little Asian. I joke, but you know what they say about jokes! In case you didn't know, I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. When I was five years old, my mother, brother & I moved to a small beautiful town in New Jersey. There wasn’t much diversity, and I grew up for most of my school life feeling different and secretly wishing I was the same as everyone else. I wished our family was like all my friends’ families. I wished...

Guys, it just got real. 2020 has already been quite the year 😄 After much prayer and confirmations from the Lord, Nick approached his company at the beginning of January to let them know we were interested in moving to Colorado, and that he would love to continue working for them in their Colorado Springs office. He received a phone call the next day - the Colorado Springs office wanted an interview. Within about a week’s time they extended him an offer to start at the end of February. To say the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. But...

After living in Hong Kong for five years, moving our family to Nick's small hometown in Midwestern USA was exactly what we were looking for. In Hong Kong we had been starved for the time, energy & space necessary for growth. The city is extremely fast paced, a modern city on steroids, where the typical work day for Nick was 13 hours and all we could do was focus on making it through the day or week with two little children in a family-unfriendly city. Moving back to the US, specifically the area we chose, was no coincidence. Being the opposite of...

I remember hearing Nick talk about his family trips out to Colorado. They would road trip from home, find a good spot to camp, and would stay in tents for as long as his dad could manage to take off from work. They'd catch fish and make simple foods over campfires. They were some of the best vacations he could remember. When we moved back to the US after living in Hong Kong for five years, we were ready for a complete change in lifestyle. We had done the busy city life for too long (prior to Hong Kong we worked...