European Reflection

August 26, 2017
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The end of the summer is usually a time of reflection for me. I like to look back and reminisce on all of the special moments, trips we took as a family, personal growth and memories shared. Last year, our sweet Miles was born and during the summer we took him on a crazy trip to Europe when he was only 6 months old. I say crazy and I laugh a little because when I look back I have no idea how we managed to travel to 4 different countries with an infant. Really, who does that? Carrying a pump everywhere, dealing with major blow-outs on a plane, dragging all the luggage around plus a car seat and stroller and changing diapers on the floor of a restaurant’s restroom are just a few examples of the craziness that usually happens. However, putting all the trouble aside, we would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Kaua’i in a Day… a very JT thing to do

May 1, 2017
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Sometimes you have to stop, pause take it all in and begin again...


Fun fact about me is I get some of my best thinking done on an airplane. So, to travel far away for just a day to get my head straight is actually just like me. There’s something about being up high that reminds me of how small I am and how big God is. And thanks to gogo inflight Internet, I got more thinking and writing done than emails sent so in case you are wondering gogo only works 30 minutes off the coast to the US (though American Airlines advertises the flights to Hawaii have wifi).

Journey towards joy

February 3, 2016
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As we approach the day our son arrives, I can’t help but feel this amazing sense of gratitude and excitement for what lies ahead of us.  There’s also some anxiety and a little bit of fear of the unknown, of course, so exercising trust has been a constant aspect of these final days of pregnancy.  Well, to be completely honest, exercising trust has been a constant practice throughout these whole 9 months.  For someone who has always struggled with fear, learning how to wait and relax in between doctors’ appointments and ultrasounds was somewhat challenging. Yet, it taught me that I’m not in control of anything and that the miracle of life doesn’t depend on any of us.  It’s simply that, a miracle, and it’s totally dependent upon grace.  But oh, how hard it was to let go and trust!  As each day passed with this new life growing inside of me, I was constantly reminded that it was okay to trust again, that it was okay to believe again, and finally give myself the chance to experience the joy of being pregnant again.