Diamonds

In May of 2016, I hopped on a plane in Philadelphia and flew to Portland for the first time. I was going to see this amazing girl I'd been talking to for the last few months and had fallen completely head over heels for. After landing in Portland and making my way through the airport, …

The Shelf

Hanging the shelf took more time, energy and effort than it should have. First we had to get a working drill to put the anchors in. Then there was the measuring, centering, leveling and marking. Then the holes were drilled, but maybe that one was too close to an unknown pipe/wire/stud/whatever behind the wall. Then …

Give Thanks

What does it look like to give thanks during a season of sadness? What does it feel like to be thankful when you're still grieving a great loss? This was my year to find this out. It's hard to put into words all that my grandfather was. From my youngest years I remember him as …

304 Days…

I've been married for 304 days. That's almost a full year for anyone keeping score at home. In the past year I've moved across the country, made a bunch of new friends and learned how to call a new place home. I've been stretched and challenged for sure, but I've also experienced moments of pure …

More Grief Thoughts

And you’ll realize that this person you’ve been missing because they’ve been gone is still very much a part of you. That you are, somehow, the culmination and completion of their life’s work. That everything they were is now somehow a part of you too. And you’ll celebrate that inheritance, flaws and all. You’ll look …