Personal Update

Memento Mori

We were in Florida recently for my brother’s wedding, staying at a friend’s house, and I wound up in the emergency room with tremendous chest pain the night before we flew home. It was just inflammation in my lungs from the virus I’d had all week (and, I believe, my failure to rest like I was supposed to), but I thought I was having a heart attack. Since I was fully conscious, triage put me further down the emergency list, and I… Read More »Memento Mori

Greece Mission

I’m excited to announce that this April, God willing, Ed and I will be going on a mission trip to Greece! We’re joining a group from the Indiana House of Prayer and Equipping (IHOPE), some of whom we know from church and some of whom we’re getting to know for the first time. This is my first international mission trip, and Ed’s previously been to Tanzania and Russia for mission work. The current plan is to start in Athens, where we’ll work with… Read More »Greece Mission

Eyes to the Hills

Do we understand what is meant by the psalmist who lifts his eyes to the hills? I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV) I have heard Christians declare that God, our help, is coming from the hills—that we look and there He is! And for a long time, I assumed that’s what the psalm meant. But the third chapter of… Read More »Eyes to the Hills

Now What?

About a month ago, I almost posted here about a better voting system for our country. The post is finished. All I have to do is hit the publish button. But posting it felt wrong. I was scrolling through Facebook a LOT right after the election, and it was a deluge of vitriol, fear, sadness, defiance, and chaos. Most of it focused on our federal government and its flaws, both as a system and as a collection of flawed individuals. And those who haven’t crafted their Facebook… Read More »Now What?

Why I’m Planning to Vote for Gary Johnson

I have come to the conclusion that I cannot, in good conscience, vote for Donald Trump, vote for Hillary Clinton, or not vote at all. I am disillusioned with the idea that our elections are a game where my vote is a strategic way to stop the “other” party from winning, rather than a vote in favor of a decent candidate, and I want to help send the message to the establishment parties that continuing to put up, or accept,… Read More »Why I’m Planning to Vote for Gary Johnson

The Nakedness of Publication

The short story I published earlier this month was not published under the illusion of wealth and sales. Seldom can a single, disconnected, self-published short story by an unknown author make it into the hands of anyone but her own friends and mother. I know this. Rather, I published it as a beginning, as a dare to myself to make my fiction available and see what happens. The unexpected result is that I feel naked, knowing it’s out there. I don’t feel such over news articles… Read More »The Nakedness of Publication

Why I’m Not Playing Pokémon GO

I grew up with Pokémon. As a kid, I woke up early every weekday morning to watch the show before school. I collected the cards, I collected all things Pikachu, and I heartily enjoyed the GameBoy games. I liked to wear my Ash Ketchum hat and pretend I was Ashley Ketchum, Pokémon master extraordinaire. When I first saw mention of Pokémon GO on Facebook, it looked like a childhood dream come true. Yeah, it’s smartphone-level augmented reality, but the imagination fills… Read More »Why I’m Not Playing Pokémon GO

Costs of Traveling

Ed and I just spent a couple of weeks in Florida followed almost immediately by several days in Pennsylvania, and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to get home in my life. We had a great time, but I’m exhausted and feel like we’ve hardly been able to get any traction in Indiana since we moved at the end of November. First we had Christmas in PA, then a Florida wedding in February, and then a couple of church retreats at… Read More »Costs of Traveling

Remember the Hourglass

Just over a month ago, I attended a funeral for a family friend. Ed, Dan, and I were going to be in Florida anyway, for a wedding, and my mom had suggested I visit Leslie in hospice when we visited as it would likely be my last chance. I suppose I refused to accept the reality of her condition, and said something like, “I’ll think about it.” Leslie passed away a few days before we even left Indiana. Instead of planning for a visit, I wound… Read More »Remember the Hourglass

Hand Soap Label Printables

This isn’t exactly a “design” blog or a “graphics” blog, but from time to time I do design things for myself and every once in a while I think it would be nice for other people to have access to them. In this case, Ed wanted to reuse a shower gel bottle for hand soap and suggested making a custom label. I assumed it would be easy to find some suitable free printable online. I was mistaken. Thus, I wound… Read More »Hand Soap Label Printables