A Desk, Dignity, and Dark Chocolate

Just a Desk He looked like a deer in the headlights. A drill in one hand, a level in the other. I couldn’t blame him. I’d probably respond the same way if he’d gone from laughter to legit tears in 2.5 seconds. Like I’d just done. We’d spent the last few hours putting together a…

The Loneliest Job: Hope for Every Mother

The bloodcurdling scream pierced the tranquility of countless shoppers. I swallowed hard and began the painstaking trek towards the automatic doors, which seemed miles away. It mightn’t have taken me so long had I not had 32 pounds of boneless deadweight to pull behind me while also holding 20 pounds of oblivious enthusiasm in my…

An Open Letter to Middle School Me

  Hey Middle School Mary, It’s me — Twenty-Something Mary. I hope you can tear your eyes away from instant messenger long enough to give my letter a read. I have some pretty heavy insight and wisdom to give to you, so go ahead — put up your away message (the one with the I’m-more-mysterious-and-deep-than-even-I-can-understand song…

Compassion in Crisis: A Pregnancy Story

No matter how prepared you think you are, there is something a little frightening about those two solid little pink lines. Matt and I are so excited about our baby boy, coming in February 2015.

Why Social Media has Ruined My Life

So I exaggerated – social media hasn’t ruined my life. And this isn’t a post lamenting the evils of social media. But it’s a thought that popped through my head today as I was attempting to spend a few moments with God.

Marriage is the Best Teacher: 16 Things I Learned in Year 2

Last year I wrote a blog about what marriage is not, which addressed the things I learned during the first year of marriage. On St. Patty’s Day, Matt and I hit year number 2, so I began thinking about what (if anything) I learned during that second year.  I came up with a list of 16…

wisdom in unlikely places

I got my wisdom teeth out last Friday.  All four of them.  Normally, I take pride in the fact that I have a high tolerance for pain and that I can handle things like minor surgeries with no problem.  I’m tough.  And I can handle it. Well apparently last week I got shot with a…