3 questions I’d like to ask a former secret service officer

Nehemiah. Today we'd call him a secret service officer to King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C. He tasted the king's wine to make sure it wasn't poisoned. Every day he risked his life for the sake of the king. I've never met him, but he feels like an old friend. His story inspires my story. And if you've followed this … Continue reading 3 questions I’d like to ask a former secret service officer

blessed to be a blessing – stories from the refugee crisis in Europe

This continues to touch my heart. I'd like to pass on another story from Vienna. This is tandem living. Connecting to the heart of Jesus as He leads a family to love those God brings across their path. I will get back to updates about my book writing, but for now, this is more important. These … Continue reading blessed to be a blessing – stories from the refugee crisis in Europe

one family’s story of welcoming refugees to Vienna

We've seen news coverage in the U.S. However, many times events like the refugee crisis in Europe don't impact our daily lives. These people aren't in our backyards. They are an ocean away. This is why I want to take you into the story of a dear family who are also close friends of mine. Read how God … Continue reading one family’s story of welcoming refugees to Vienna

4 ways to Labor your Day in prayer

It's been two weeks into this monumental goal of completing my first draft by the end of October. And I'm already struggling . . . Any strugglers out there? I enjoy this journey of walking down streets of the past, but it's still difficult and emotional and takes a lot of energy. My Friday writing time was spent … Continue reading 4 ways to Labor your Day in prayer

8 items to pack for an unknown destination

I noticed the other day, I am quite fast at packing a suitcase. I have this mental list which takes me through an entire day of what I'd need if I simply stayed home. However, when you're headed somewhere different from home, it's not always easy to know what to pack. Last Friday, I began a 60-day journey. … Continue reading 8 items to pack for an unknown destination

why have a ball gown without a ball?

I found a deal on this formal dress a few years ago. I bought it thinking I'd use it the following January to wear to one of the many balls hosted in Vienna. Friends of mine had attended a ball at the Hofburg Palace, and we'd talked about attending a future one together. They used to compete in ballroom … Continue reading why have a ball gown without a ball?

when you’re stuck, you . . .

At a recent family gathering, I heard my cousin share this story about her two oldest children. It made me laugh so hard I asked if I could share it: I was upstairs feeding my little one when I heard my four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter crying. My four-year-old yelled, "Mommy we're stuck, We're stuck!" I … Continue reading when you’re stuck, you . . .

will you come over?

One of my favorite responses from friends is when they say, "Come on over!" I love when I spontaneously stop by a friend's house and share honest conversation and laughter. Those invitations via text, phone call, voicemail and even email make me smile and sometimes teary-eyed, especially when I can't join them because we don't live in the same … Continue reading will you come over?