Sisters in Mental Illness: Mental Health and Church

“I used to think everybody was OK except for people with mental illness. However we’re all struggling, whether it is visible or not. That’s why the church needs to be instrumental [in this conversation] and be the messiest place you can find.” Last month Shaley talked to Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau about her battle with anorexia […]

The Gift of Gathering

We sat around the campfire laughing. We had camped together every year at a festival and this year we tried to be a little more organized. I was in charge of organizing, but organizing isn’t my strength. We talked about next year, and I let them know I was aware that I should maybe not […]

When Bravery Looks Like Homemade Bread Cake

By: Kailey Veenstra In building relationships with people who are different from us, we must decide: are we willing to risk saying the wrong things, risk hearing how we are a part of the problem? Are we willing to love and push through hurts that may come? We must risk exploring the problems we don’t […]

Keep Finding Ways to Gather

I’ve always been a gatherer. In middle and high school, I was the one who threw the parties and coordinated going to lunch together. In college, I got a little more intentional, nurturing life in my sorority in new ways and creating small pockets to stay better connected to each other. Early marriage my husband, […]

Babies

There’s an 11-year-old girl who, whenever she sees me, asks when I’m going to have a baby. After trying my best to conceal my panic and shock, I gently remind her that I’m in my mid 20s and don’t plan on thinking about having kids any time soon. The girl refuses to accept my feeble […]