Category Archives: memories

When You Need a Real Life Friend

Today, I had a medical procedure that caused me immense anxiety.  I asked for prayer on Facebook and was touched by all those that responded.  But, I needed more than the reassurance that someone, somewhere was praying for me.  I needed someone to look me in the eye, tell me to calm myself down and to pray with me and over me.  So, I drove to a dear friends house and she did just that.  And, it helped.

In real life friendships are invaluable.  We are designed to need each other, to crave community.

I am beyond blessed by the women God has brought my way over the years that have spoken truth into my life, lifted me up when I was down and encouraged me to let loose and just laugh sometimes {something I wouldn’t do without prompting}.

That is why I am excited to host an (in)RL get together this April. I hosted one last year and walked away refreshed.  This year, I am stretching my comfort zone and hosting it in my home rather than the cafe room at my church. There is little more vulnerable than opening your home and little more intimate.  Coffee, chocolate, conversation and the (in)courage-ment of the amazing webcasts that (in)courage has lined up for attendees will add up to a really fun day!



Here are some important details:

1.Click here to register. Registration is free.
2.If you register TODAY, you get a copy of the (in)courage 365 Daybrightener (while supplies last (US residents only).
3.You receive a copy of (in)courage’s first eBook: Best of the Beach House 2012: A Collection of Your Favorite Posts from the Writers of (in)courage.

And, if you live locally {Hagerstown, Martinsburg, Winchester, Chambersburg} please feel free to join us and meet me {if you haven’t already} in real life.  You can type in Falling Waters, WV on the meet-up link to RSVP to my event. And, if you live far away, be sure to find the (in)RL event closest to you and GO. God will reward your obedience in reachig out to find and create community, I promise!

Reaching for God sized dreams

Sometimes I feel bad for dreaming, for letting my mind wander to what could be. Then I remember that the desires of my heart can always be conformed to His heart if I relinquish them. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, so long as you turn the dreams over to the will of God. I dreamContinue Reading

A beautiful day

Yesterday was a beautiful day. We walked with our two graduates in a special recognition ceremony at church. Two kids who have beat the odds to reach this milestone in their lives.  Our hearts were full of love and pride and gratitude.                          Continue Reading

What I learned from Oprah

I have watched Oprah for as long as I can remember. A woman to look up to for a girl who shared similar wounds from childhood. A woman that rose above the challenges of her life and desired to do good things for others. As I grew and realized we thought differently about many things,Continue Reading

Miss(ter) Independent

There is a thirst for independence in teenagers.  An unseen force, pulling them away from dependence on their parents and toward a future they don’t see or understand.  Yet, they respond heartily to the call and pull of that force, while we parents want to fight it with every fiber of our soul. In aContinue Reading

Modern Day Miracle

Who would have thought that a rickety roller coaster and a sweltering day at a cheesy quaint amusement park could bridge huge holes of the heart? God. Who would have thought that the day would be full of smiles and fun, rather than anxiety and angst? God. Who would have thought that racing go-karts together (seeContinue Reading


It was serene. It was relaxing. Time spent reveling in the uniqueness of my children and the sheer handsomeness of my husband. Time spent laughing with friends and playing board games. Roasting marshmallows, making smores and chatting by the fire.  Watching my boys stoke the fire, enthralled by every spark and ember. I unplugged thisContinue Reading


Have you ever wrestled with memories?  Memories can evoke the warm fuzzies, can make us smile or laugh out loud.  Memories can remind us how blessed we are and can get us through a difficult time. Memories can also be painful, reminding us of a time of despair or sorrow.  Memories can make us weep,Continue Reading

Tale of Two Houses

There once was a girl with a house: It’s time to move, agreed her spouse. So, they packed up their things, tried not to cling and prepared  to create a new adventure. The ugly border must go Hard work and time will show That this house can be home It matters not where you roamContinue Reading

Family Friday- Baking Day

My boys are growing up so fast!  Matt, our youngest, turned 12 last week!  Yes, twelve!  Unbelievable! As time goes by so quickly, I find that I have to be purposeful about finding activities and things to do with the boys for quality “mama/son” time.  There are so many external things vying for their attentionContinue Reading