March 19, 2012

Of Love and Suspenders

With these DIY and Vintage wedding trends popping up all over the place, I’ve discovered a new favorite trend that I am borderline obsessed with: suspenders.

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May 11, 2013

An Apology from a Christian


[ This post was originally written as a Facebook status and grew into something much longer than I intended. I felt the need to share it on my blog, even though I haven’t posted in quite some time. ]

I’m sorry.

To those of you who have been badgered, judged and attacked because of what you do or don’t believe that may be contrary to Christian beliefs by Christians.

To those of you in the church that feel so unloved, unwelcomed, unwanted and unimportant to your church body – like you’re invisible, like you wouldn’t be missed, like you don’t matter, like you have to pretend every second you are around “those people”.

To those of you who have been severely, deeply, unbelievably hurt and scared by the church because of any lies, backstabbing, gossip and hypocrisy – things that made you leave the church because it was so contrary to what they taught, things that made you turn and run because those in leadership treated you poorly and made wrong decisions, things that made you question whether God really was love because of how the people in the church were running things. Continue reading

December 18, 2012

Holiday Roadtrip Extravaganza

I’ve been on many a long trip with my family – we would drive from the very tip of Maine (Presque Isle, to be exact) down to Blowing Rock, North Carolina once a year growing up. I’ve made many long trips with choirs over the years in middle school and college bringing me all the way down to Florida and back. I’ve driven myself from here in New Hampshire down to Blowing Rock and back more recently and it was a blast. But I’ve never really done what I would consider a “roadtrip” – stopping at a bunch of different places over a decent span of time with someone else around during the long and short drives… I’ve always wanted to, but never found the time or places to go or someone to go with. But that’s about to change!

This Friday, my wonderful boyfriend Derek and I will start a two week, nearly 4,000 mile roadtrip for the holidays, stopping to see friends and family along the way! The trip idea first came to my head at the end of the summer and when I brought the idea up to Derek, he agreed (probably not really knowing all that he was getting himself into :P). So, the planning began and we began mapping out our route which gradually expanded and shifted and changed to what it is today. The whole trip seemed so far away as I began making preparations, but now there are just three days left until we leave! I’m so excited!

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October 4, 2012

How to Find the Church That’s Right for You

Nearly two years ago I set out on a journey that would radically change my life and I decided to bring you all along with me. After growing up in the church, my beliefs had changed to where the types of churches I had been going to just weren’t feeding me anymore… I knew I needed a change, but had no real idea of where to start or how to find a new church home. So, I sat down and came up with my own roadmap of how I was going to find the right church for me – and wouldn’t you know it worked?! Here are the posts I wrote throughout the process:

August 30, 2012

Mastering the Art of the Query

Well, things have died down a bit for me and while I’ve got some amazing changes on the horizon, I’ve actually found some time to work on my book again! (and there was much rejoicing!) The first step (for me) to getting my book published is to find myself a literary agent. From what I’ve read and heard, it can be pretty tough to find a literary agent if you’ve a.) never been published before, b.) never worked with an agent before or c.) never known someone who has worked with said agent before. In my case, I’ve never been published and never worked with an agent. I may know someone who knows a good agent, so I’m keeping my ears open for that but mostly what I’ve got to work with is that I’ve got a unique book with nothing like it on the market… I’ve got something that I believe answers a lot of questions when there’s nothing else out there to rival it… So what do I have to do? Master the art of the Query Letter. Or Proposal depending on who you talk to since this is non-fiction…

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