A Reflection on Our Year of Miracles // One Word for 2018

It’s ten days into 2018 and I’ve finally started to remember to write 2018 instead of 2017.¬† Which means 2018 must be here to stay, right? ūüôā

We kicked off the New Year with a sick baby – full blown coughing, sneezing, snot drizzled everywhere, low-grade fever, no sleep…oh the joys of parenthood.

And just as the kiddo started to get better…the husband got sick.¬† And then just as he started to get better…yup, you guessed it…I got sick.

Which is why this is being written ten days into 2018, instead of on the 1st of January.

I digress.

A couple of years ago I learned about One Word 365 from my sweet blogger friend Sarah.¬† And heading into 2016, I just knew with a strange certainty that the word for that year would be “Immanuel” – God With Us.

At the time, I had no idea that my first-born son would be born in 2016, 10.5 weeks early.  There was no way to anticipate the up and down journey it would all be, and that my one word РImmanuel Рwould become such an anchor for us in that season.

Heading into 2017, I felt such conviction that it would be a year of miracles.  We had just witnessed our little 29 weeker thrive in the NICU, surprise the doctors despite all of his medical diagnoses, and come home before his expected due date.

But there I was, the last day of 2017, permanently situated on my glider as I tried to rock a very cranky, sniffly little boy to sleep. Read more…


Dear Little One…

You are 19 weeks old today! ¬†I cannot believe it…we are almost halfway through this cohabitation thing we have going on¬†here. ¬†And in just a few days, we find out whether you’re a boy or a girl! ¬†But before we find out, I wanted to write down a few thoughts I’ve had about you during the past few days. ¬†As much as mommy and daddy are SUPER eager to find out, there’s something quietly sacred about you remaining something of a mystery to us…a little being that only God knows fully about. Read more…

Birthday Questions


It was the spring of 2007, when I met her. ¬†We were both high school seniors, eagerly anticipating the new season of life that would be college, adulthood, and freedom. ¬†We were¬†the only two declaring education as our major in our cohort of 40 students who had been¬†invited to the university for¬†a chance to interview for five full-tuition scholarships. ¬†I didn’t land that scholarship. ¬†But I gained something much more valuable. ¬†We decided to be roommates after spending that week together, never realizing we would become lifelong friends.

This year will be nine years of celebrating birthdays together. ¬†She created a tradition early on¬†that would¬†stick with us through all of our¬†birthdays, whether we were physically together or not to celebrate them. ¬†Each birthday, she would ask the first two questions to the birthday girl and the last question to our group of close friendsRead more…