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A while ago (at least 4 years?) I made my one big bucket list goal: see all the Catholic cathedrals in the United States. At one point I counted how many there are but I’ve since forgotten the number…and I don’t want to know just yet. Instead, I’ll just keep […]

see all the Cathedrals!


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Since the number 7 is holy and perfect, here’s 7 quick updates about life in Idaho, and life in general! {One} We are starting to settle into our new place in Idaho. Our townhome isn’t exactly what I’d have picked, but that’s what you get when you rent sight unseen. […]

settling in and quick Updates.


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As I sit here with our last hours in our home slowly passing by, I can’t help but reflect on all that these walls have seen. This house saw us coming home as husband and wife, wedding dress, suit and all. Bringing our daughter home. Our first anniversary. Fights. Joy. […]

goodbyes and changing Definitions.



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Click on the image above or right HERE – either way, the new edition of my book is live and ready for sale on Amazon! A few other quick notes: I will be selling signed copies like I did for the original version, but I won’t be doing that until July […]

it is Here!


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…that God’s light shines even brighter. To say that FOCUS training has been overwhelming would be an understatement. Trying to balance the needs of a pregnant lady (that’d be me), a toddler, a babysitter, a husband, and the expectations for classes makes my head spin more often than not. Then […]

it is in the Darkness…


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At this point I have approximately five half-drafted blogs in my head. However, Monkey is, for the moment, peacefully napping in her stroller as the rain falls outside our dorm room, so I’ve decided to throw all the updates and thoughts out at once. The Book Currently a giant pain. […]

the book, missionary training, and a smattering of Updates.



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Two years ago today I walked down the aisle and married Anthony. Like all married couples, we said the vows not knowing how they would play out in our lives. A lot of people told us that the first year of marriage would be the hardest. For us, at least […]

down the aisle, to Eternity.


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The book is just days away from being re-released and if I find one more teeny tiny issue with it, I might just scream. Anyway, my family and I are on the road to FOCUS training right now (I pre-wrote this post) and I’m not 100% sure what blogging will […]

brand new cover Revealed!


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Recently I wrote about how my husband and I are becoming missionaries with FOCUS and what a stretch this move will be for us. We are, of course, incredibly excited, but also a little overwhelmed by all of the things that are about to change in our lives. I’ve frequently looked […]

really, really stepping out of the Boat.



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As we get ready to leave for FOCUS training next week, I’ve begun saying goodbye to some friends who I may never get to see again. While it is so sad to think about not being able to have coffee, play dates, or spiritual direction meetings with these people again, […]

goodbyes and Catholicism.


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As our daughter learns and grows, she also has some falls. She learns to climb on things and then has to figure out how to get down safely – or not so safely. Recently she was playing on the ledge by our fireplace (which we basically never use). She was […]

bumps, bruises, and mommy Magic.


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So it turns out that designing the book covers – front and back – is a little more work than I thought it might be. I am working very hard to make sure the covers are as perfect as I’ve dreamed them up to be. What that means in the […]

book non-Update.