Cover Release and ARC Application!!

✨ Here it is!!!! ✨  So excited to finally show you the cover of My Storied Year (I love it so much!!!) and tell you a little more about it!!  It tells the story of Dragon Stewart, 7th grader, who works hard every day to avoid bullies and his own weird sister at school. But… Continue reading Cover Release and ARC Application!!


I have an amazing online writing group. There are four of us: strong women and mothers and writers and dreamers. We come from all over the world—our words travel thousands of miles each week to be read, cared for, gently critiqued, questioned, edited, and encouraged. These women are single-handedly keeping my writing life alive through… Continue reading Rain

On the Joy of New Beginnings (and Sending our Baby to Kindergarten!)

I’ve tried to start this post a million times in a million different ways, and I just can’t seem to land on how to write about this, but here goes. My oldest starts kindergarten next week, and with that comes a whole lot of feelings. Mostly excitement for her, maybe a few nerves: my girl… Continue reading On the Joy of New Beginnings (and Sending our Baby to Kindergarten!)

For Daddy

Last night at church, our pastor started off his Father's Day weekend sermon with, "If you want to get a really interesting conversation going with a group of people, just ask them to tell you about their relationships with their dads." Moms have a lot of societal pressure to be the "perfect Pinterest" moms, doing… Continue reading For Daddy

On Faith, Part 3: The Relearning

If you’re just joining me, go back and read part 1 here and part 2 here. Relearn Where I am now is that I’ve boiled down my issue with my faith not to Jesus Himself, but to the greater issues within The Church. And the biggest problem I have is this: who are we to say… Continue reading On Faith, Part 3: The Relearning

On Faith, Part 2: The Unlearning

If you missed Part 1- click here to read first! Unlearn Fast forward: After college, I married the cutest, sweetest boy on a Saturday afternoon in the exact red-carpeted, stained-glass church in which we had gotten to know each other. Our former youth pastor performed the ceremony and everyone thought we were a little crazy… Continue reading On Faith, Part 2: The Unlearning

On Faith, Part 1: The Learning

The hard part about growing up is that the truths you’ve always held close begin to unravel a bit. I think this is why nostalgia is such a powerful feeling; we long for the days when things were simpler, when we didn’t have to worry about a mortgage or about how many grams of sugar… Continue reading On Faith, Part 1: The Learning

Heartland and Poverty in the United States

I’ve decided to switch up this blog a little bit, and write more reading-response-type essays where I share my thoughts about books I read that have a big impact on me. These will mostly be nonfiction books (I’ll still share the fiction I love, too!), and I’d love for you to share your thoughts with… Continue reading Heartland and Poverty in the United States

Finding Contentedness and Shifting Perspective

Last month, I read a great book on parenting called How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute by K.J. Dell’Antonia. I first heard her speak on my all-time fave podcast, Sorta Awesome, and I knew I wanted to read her book as soon as I… Continue reading Finding Contentedness and Shifting Perspective