The Redemption of “Good Friday”

“Six to eight months.” Tears filled my eyes as the surgeon told my mom and I the prognosis for my dad’s cancer.  “Months,” I thought. Thirty days never sounded so short. Hearing this news was the way I began Good Friday, 2015. My dad passed away not five months later on August 22, 2015. Our…

Spirit of Unity: A State Cheer Story

Cheer coaching has proven to be one of the most challenging, fun and sanctifying endeavors I have ever undertaken. This year was my second year coaching at Sioux Falls Christian. I coached a JV team of six freshmen girls, and a Varsity team of eight sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each of the young women I’ve…

A Legacy Worthy of His Calling

Terry L. Thorson, 64, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Saturday evening, August 22, 2015 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 28 at Oak Hills Baptist Church. Private burial will precede the service. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Thursday, August 27 at…

Looking Up

All summer I have been training for a half marathon. I’ve found a running plan where I do two short runs and one long run a week. I still don’t love running, it’s work. But the cycle of setting goals and achieving them keeps me going. While scrolling through Pinterest last weekend, I found an…

The Unity Cross

More and more couples are looking for alternatives to the traditional unity candle ceremony. Wanting to keep the theme of unity, many brides choose other symbols like planting a tree, tying a cord, or assembling the “Unity Cross.” The Unity Cross is a unique way to celebrate the joining of a bride and groom together…

A Heart Broken for What Breaks His: Zambia, Here We Come!

“No. ” That was my answer I gave when Caleb asked if we could consider not taking our vacation this year to travel to Zambia on a missions trip with our church. I knew in that moment, God was working in Caleb’s heart, but the idea of giving up my second honeymoon was unthinkable. Caleb…

My Testimony as a Pro-Life Advocate

This week marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which paved the way to legalized abortion in the United States. The following is a memoir of my time serving at the Alpha Center, Sioux Falls’ pro-life ministry. I hope that after you read this testimony, you will be encouraged and empowered to…

Bethany’s Story

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” ~Job 1:21b The following is the eulogy my brother-in-law gave at the funeral of my niece last Friday. I was affected so greatly by the passing of this little girl. My wish is that as you continue to read,…

“For Christian Couples Devoted to Intimacy”

Married women, would you like a place to shop for lingerie that doesn’t sell pornography or distribute catalogs of models wearing the product? I found out about Devotion Lingerie during my personal shower before I was married. I loved the idea that my fiancé(now husband) could shop online for me and not be worried about…

ViBella Jewelry

This past Thursday evening, I was invited to a ViBella Jewelry party hosted by sister-in-law. Let’s be honest, please. Who actually likes getting invited to sales networking parties? I don’t know of many people. Most women will host parties for their friends as an excuse to get together(like we ever NEED an excuse), but even…

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

So here it is, my first blog post. Naming a blog is probably one of the most daunting tasks. I wanted it to reflect me as a whole person, since this won’t be a blog specifically about cooking, marriage, or fashion. But instead, I hope to incorporate all of my hobbies, interests, and loves into…