Encouragement 

for every woman.

April 3, 2020

I’m Losing Hope, I Want to Quit As I write this, I am approaching my 39th week of pregnancy.  Whether this being my third child or her breech positioning, my hip and pelvis pain have surged over the last few weeks.  There have been more moments than I can count that the tears have fallen, […]

Why Is Playing So important? Play is a mode of life for some and comes naturally for others, but for people like me, it is a discipline. Does that just feel like taking a beautiful piece of citrus and squeezing all of the juice out of it?  Because of the serious nature of my personality, […]

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March 27, 2020

January 31, 2020

“There are no coincidences with God. He can use you – just as you are and just where you are. Even if it’s a really crummy place. Perhaps even more so if it’s a really crummy place. God has never worked in me and through me more than He did during the times I was walking through the darkest valleys of my life. As we navigated the illnesses and deaths of our two boys, God gave me the desire to be open, honest and vulnerable in sharing our story. What started as an intent to share medical updates in an efficient way, turned into a platform for sharing our hearts and what God was doing in our lives. And He used it. He used it mightily. Words penned from my sons’ hospital rooms traveled farther and reached more lives than I ever could have imagined. I sat beside their beds, wondering, “Why him? Why us?” while pleading with God to change our circumstance, but what He did was so much more. A place that held the worst moments of our lives was also the place He used us the most.”

A reoccurring theme among articles and blogs featured on the Catalyst Woman web site lately seems to be STUFF – mainly stuff we are dealing with. As I have been reading the articles in between packing up my house and moving, that word resonated with me – largely due to the fact that I was […]

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July 12, 2019

June 21, 2019

Focus: Family + Motherhood

“If something happens to him, I really don’t know if I’ll make it.”

I know for a fact said those fateful words a little over a year ago. To catch you up on our story a little, one of our twin sons, Logan, began having seizures in 2012, at the age of 17 months. After several months of trying to figure out what was causing the seizures, we received a diagnosis of a terminal, genetic disorder. The disease progressed very rapidly, and Logan ended up passing away a month before his second birthday. We were devastated. Of course. But we had his twin brother Griffin, and he was for us the very picture of hope and life that we desperately needed.

I am not a patient person. I often find myself having thoughts like these: “It’s not happening fast enough. I’m not seeing the results I want to see. I guess it’s just not going to happen for me. I may as well give up on that dream.” I can get so bogged down and frustrated […]

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February 15, 2019

December 21, 2018

Coffee shops are my FAVORITE.  Seriously, I could sit at one for hours, smelling the coffee beans, the pastries and just enjoying the atmosphere while writing or reading.  Anthem coffee in Tacoma, WA, one of my favorite spots, just partnered up with a new coffee app company and what do you know, the first coffee […]

“What is the opposite of disappointed?” My daughter asked while she was working on her vocabulary homework. Laughing at my own train of thought, I said, “Appointed.” The following evening, I was sitting in a circle of friends, and one woman confessed, “I just don’t want to disappoint anyone.” She was talking about what we […]

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November 16, 2018

November 8, 2018

Why do I feel defeated? That’s a question I recently posed to my Dear Friend and Co-Founder of Catalyst Women – Danielle Wingate – as I tried to explain that I had nothing to contribute for this month’s blog.  I furthered shared with her that ever since I agreed to be a CW contributor and […]

“Another ambition of mine is to rid the world of guilt. I can’t remember if it was a book, a conversation, or a deeply spiritual experience that prompted my conviction to be done with guilt. But several months ago, I made a decision that I would no longer choose guilt. After an inventory of all of the things I did from guilt, I realized that nothing good ever came from those choices. In fact, I made a lot of very bad decisions when guilt was a part of the equation. And the guilt was just eating me up inside. In other words, if I were to have made a list of the pros and cons of guilt, the pro side was completely blank.”

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August 17, 2018

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