Give It A Name

I end up writing about chronic illness pretty frequently on this blog. It doesn’t define who I am, but having Crohn’s disease has impacted some fundamental ways I think about the world. Illness has forced some realizations in me that I may have otherwise waited years for, if those epiphanies ever came at all. By… Read more »

What Is My Good?

Maybe I’m entering a cynical phase in my life. Maybe I’m taking things to seriously. Maybe I’m being a touch dramatic. Or maybe I’m finally developing a more full view of the world. What I’m feeling and examining now has been building for a few years and I think a similar sensation builds in all of us when we… Read more »

Vegetarian Recipes Pt 1: Fettuccine With Roasted Eggplant, Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Arugula

I want to share a collection of vegetarian recipes I’ve made over the past few months that I really enjoyed. I’m not a vegetarian, but for environmental and ethical issues, I’m trying to eat less meat. Cameron and I actually tried out a vegetarian diet for a couple months to help adjust our tastes and… Read more »

Wild Wild Country

Netflix has a new documentary series called “Wild Wild Country” about a cult that created/ took over a small town in rural Oregon in the 1980’s. It’s a crazy story, the cinematography is beautiful (except for the animations they add in) and the sound track is pretty on point. If you don’t want any spoilers, you… Read more »

We Are Becoming: Adulting in Your Twenties

We are aging like whiskey, Slow and steady, Ancient and sweet. Right now we’re Crude and sharp, Biting and bitter. We are nothing close To what we should be. We can please nobody’s palette, we are worthy of no accolades. After decades of loss and joy And celebration and pain, We will be ready To… Read more »

Summer in Virginia

Summer in Virginia makes anybody who’s not from Virginia tell you stories about a “dry heat”. “It’s a dry heat,” they explain with a wave of their hand as they regale you with tales of Colorado, or Arizona, or that one time in Nevada. “It doesn’t feel hot like it does here.” After his first… Read more »

Prophecies & Parables: Clarity in Confusion

Deep truths in Christian faith often come packaged in the form of paradox. We serve a God who is omnipotent yet personal, a God as perfect in love as He is in wrath. Giving does not deplete us, rather fills us so that we have more to give. Our slavery to righteousness sets us free. We are to… Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Samuel

We spent a week in North Africa. The two days when we hosted art gallery receptions went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished…. Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Fiona

The two days of our art gallery in North Africa went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished. The real beauty was accomplishing it… Read more »

A Different Jesus

Cameron and I just got back from our honeymoon a couple days ago. It was an amazing trip to Barcelona, Rome, and Paris. We were both in awe of these places we had heard of and never been, these cities that are full of history, culture, great food, and legendary art. Throughout the three cities,… Read more »

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    I Have Nothing to Complain About, Thanks to You

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    As my desk-mate Emily pointed out to me the other day, we interns have virtually nothing to complain about. I am so overwhelmingly grateful for the generosity of my friends and family. Because of commissions and more monthly donations, my internship is 68% funded! Thank you all so much for your support both financially and… Read more »

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    Camping on a Chicken Farm

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    This past Monday, all the interns went camping on a chicken farm! Two missionaries from our office have been helping on a farm near Richmond a few days a week. The family that owns the farm works with World Horizons and is working to develop the farm in a way that will benefit missions; they’re… Read more »

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    A Tour of my Office

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    It has occurred to me that many of you have no idea what my office is like, you just hear me refer to it as some vague entity in downtown Richmond. So, I present to you: a virtual tour. The first 50 feet is an art gallery, Edit. It’s pretty cool having art exhibited in… Read more »

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    Things I’ve Been Learning

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    I feel like I haven’t posted a lot about the stuff I’m learning at my internship, so I’mma list a few things for any o ya who are curious. So far we have read: -The Koran -The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Islam -Let the Nations Be Glad -Supper of the Lamb -How to Read the… Read more »

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    How Amazing are my Family and Friends?

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    Crazy amazing. My loved ones are crazy amazing because my internship is now 54% funded! I’ve gotten a couple commissions and a few new donations this past week. Thank you all so much!! In case you didn’t know, everyone working at Hillside Missions (interns and staff) fundraises their salary. We’re super non-profit around here. Here’s… Read more »

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    Things I Think Are Rad

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    Just thought I’d share a few things from my day so far that I really appreciate: -the smell of lavender -bread toasted in butter -getting to meet new missionaries over Skype -very strong coffee -remembering my dreams in the morning (I had a funny dream about musicians having a weird piano competition) -the sound of… Read more »

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    Being a Christian with a Chronic Illness

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      In case any of you didn’t know, I have Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed three years ago. With the help of a good doctor and good medications, it’s pretty much under control. Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness and I’ve been pretty lucky with it so far. Basically, this disease is genetic (probably, the… Read more »

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    God Appoints Suffering

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    “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and… Read more »

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    Five Ways to Make Monday Better

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    Ugh, Mondays. The word evokes almost universal feelings of disgust. Lucky for all of you, I have come up with a foolproof guide to improving your Monday based solely on my morning. Five ways to make Monday better: 1). Eat pizza 2). Wear wool socks 3). Borrow sugar from friends 4). Race down the stairs… Read more »

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    Wonderful, Great, Amazing News!

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    I have some amazing, wonderful news for all of you: My internship is 45% funded!!! I can buy 45% of my groceries and pay 45% of my rent and drive 45% to places I need to go for the next seven months! Thank you so much to everyone supporting me financially, emotionally, and through prayer…. Read more »