True Tales of Unbelievable Social Awkwardness: The Day I Met My Mother-in-Law

On our first Halloween as a couple, my husband (then my boyfriend) and I dressed up as hillbillies. I dabbed some brown eyeshadow on his face to look like five o'clock shadow and tore holes in his John Deere t-shirt. I put my hair in pigtails, gave myself an absurd amount of freckles with eyeliner,... Continue Reading →

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Pumpkin Epiphanies

I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and then I had an epiphany. I realize most epiphanies don't involve pumpkin, but chocolate is a definite possibility. I haven't made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (at least that I can recall) since we left Kansas. I realized there are several recipes in my repertoire that I've never made since... Continue Reading →

Where Angels Fear to Tread

When people ask me what my husband does, I hesitate. Non-military members usually have no idea what military ministry looks like, and it's hard to know where to start. It is cheerier to recount chapel services, promotion celebrations, marriage retreats, and baptisms, but in honor of Veteran's Day, this is how I'd answer if I... Continue Reading →

Major Milestone: 75,000 words

75,000 words. 192 pages according to Scrivener. Do you have any idea what a big deal that is? I have been trying to write a full-length novel since middle school. That's roughly twenty years for those keeping score. My first attempt at a novel was historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War. The heroine was named Elizabeth... Continue Reading →

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