• Faith,  Uncategorized

    Rain

    I recently returned home to Nebraska after a few weeks away for a singing gig and the weather greeted me with rain. Lots and lots of rain. My drive back mainly consisted of farmland and I think that’s why when it rained for so long, I thought of Matthew 5:45, where Jesus says: …For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (ESV) Sometimes, there is a lie that creeps into my mind and I don’t realize it influences my thoughts until I speak it out loud. This happened recently when I was talking with a…

  • Food

    Kimchi

    Have you ever had kimchi (김치)? Soon into our relationship, Daniel took me on a date to a Korean restaurant in Chicago. We waited in line for a good while and the entire time I was enjoying the new aroma coming from the restaurant. There, I had my first bulgogi (불고기) and banchan (반찬). The Korean barbecued beef, bulgogi, ended up being a beautiful mix of flavors I couldn’t get enough of. I later found out that bulgogi is always a good choice when trying Korean food. Most people have bulgogi or bibimbap as their first Korean meal and I was no exception. Both are great introductory meals into the…

  • Faith,  Writing

    Wisdom Teeth and Pregnancy Tests

    That time I could tell you what I have to make an appointment to confirm, Just in order for you to yank these useless teeth from my jaw, It is negative, Always has been, May it not always be. Earlier this year, I had the joy of getting my wisdom teeth removed. For years, dentists have mentioned I may or may not need them removed but we “wouldn’t know until the next x-ray.” Well, late last December I was told they needed to be removed within the next year, so I set up an appointment with an oral surgeon down the road (literally) and anxiously awaited their departure. As I’ve…

  • Faith,  Uncategorized

    accepting rejection

    I recently looked through the list of drafts I have created on this blog. Some are from years ago and others are more recent. Some I discarded while to others I added thoughts. One draft I came across made me chuckle: accepting rejection. Artists of all outlets experience the highs and lows of art. This can be a p That’s all I wrote. I guess I didn’t think finishing the draft was worth it at the time but I guess I can add a few more words. What I’ve found in my short years of singing professionally is this:  Clichés are annoying but can be helpful Although art can bring…

  • Faith,  Writing

    Dawn

    I grew up in eastern Nebraska, but was born out west in Washington. Each summer, my parents always made a point to travel back to Washington to visit our extended relatives, which meant long drives during summer break. We still make the journey out. Though life has made it difficult to go every year, my parents make the trip at least once, driving from eastern Nebraska through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, finally arriving in eastern Washington. Growing up, I remember my parents pointing out the landscape in each state we drove through as I sat in the back. We’d discuss the shades of green in the trees, the layers…

  • Faith

    Faithful

    When recalling our experiences over the last few years, I often mention how evidently I have seen and experienced God’s faithfulness to us. I haven’t always been able to form the thought into a cohesive sentence, but I will try to explain through my experiences. A couple of years ago, early on in our realization that our desire to start a family wouldn’t immediately be fulfilled, I was confused why we were okay. I’m sure this sounds strange, but it came from a time of observing others. I had seen, experienced, and read of families who’s lives were torn apart because they were unable to get pregnant. And here I was, sitting…

  • Faith,  Uncategorized

    Let me rejoice

    However short the trip, I love being back in Evanston. It is the place Daniel and I called home for several years. Yesterday morning, I sat with dear friends at a church I hold close to my heart. I looked around before service began and thought about the people who came and went during our tenure and those who shaped us in ways they’ll probably never know. I love talking with Daniel about memories held in these places. We grew a lot as a couple in the years we spent here. We were knocked down by ourselves and others but we learned more about grace and forgiveness. The growth wasn’t…

  • Uncategorized

    Walking

    I love walking. We currently live near a manmade lake that feels more like an old friend than an artificial basin. I have fond memories walking the harsh concrete and uneven gravel path in high school and college. It’s the place my husband first told me he loved me; the place I talked with my aunt about my faith; the place I learned my grandma’s emphysema from second-hand smoke was worse than I thought. I’ve laughed with friends, cried to God, and observed painted skies. It’s a dear place to me. My appreciation for the quality of conversation and comfortability with silence comes in part from walking around that lake. Our…