Creating My Signature Presence

As children we learn to print our letters, then we connect those letters into words. Naturally our name is one of the first words we learn to spell. And as we grow a little more, those letters begin to find connection as we begin writing our first cursive signature. Shaky at first, but with time […]

Our Land, Our Clan, Our Freedom

In September of this year, my husband and I travelled to Scotland with our eldest son to deliver him safe and sound to Bible School. Before we got him settled into his dorm, we spent a few days exploring the Highlands of Scotland together. It was a bucket list trip, for sure. We made a […]

As One Holds the World

You are all eagerness and joy when you grab me by the hand and pull me onto the front porch The sun has just passed the barn and now spills around its edges, gilding the tips of the mimosa and bathing us in buttery light Our shadows are long Our faces alive We sit side […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Shaley Hoogendoorn Talks to Jessica Birak of Mint & Birch

[ Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse, as well as an eating disorder.] This month, Shaley Hoogendoorn talks to Jessica Birak, founder of the jewelry company Mint & Birch, who is also a vulnerable and honest advocate for mental health. They talk about topics related to anxiety, depression, postpartum, hypochondria, eating disorders and healing from childhood […]

My Life on Chronic Illness

By Suzanne Burden | Twitter: @suzanneburden There are days I feel completely irrelevant and invisible to the world. “You look good,” others often say, trying to be helpful. I am not good, a voice on the inside sometimes eeks. I am fighting the battle of my life to be able to do normal things. I […]