Marriage: a podcast

Going into this conversation on marriage, we knew that we did things differently from each other. Sure, this could apply to how we do or do not fit into stereotypical gender roles, such as Haley preferring dishes over cooking, while James is happy to cook. But […]

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The weight of waiting

Written for Awaken Community‘s Advent Art series, read Nov. 27, 2016 Mary was waiting I’m sure she had thought about having children – likely she even anticipated what it would be like to experience pregnancy. She dreamt of marrying Joseph, then having kids. She dreamt of […]

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Through the eyes of others

It’s easy to doubt, to feel self-conscious and inadequate, and thus to squelch the talents we have. It’s the ever-present desire of the enemy to do just that: repress your gifts. And lately, that temptation has been strong as daily interactions cause me to doubt […]

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Remaining relational

In the midst of politics, it’s so easy to become wrapped up in policy and personality. It’s a struggle to balance my role, how to have calm conversations, and when to step back. It’s difficult to trust that even our government is in God’s hands. […]

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Looking back: Our wedding day

It’s been two years since that brisk autumn day where all our preparations led to one marriage certificate. Thinking back, there are some things that we would highly encourage, and many that we’d stray from. Here’s a bit of a rundown. What we loved: Keep […]

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Given or taken, let it be

Luke 6:30 has me thinking. I mean, rethinking. When I (Haley) started working at the Rochester Salvation Army in 2014, it was right before the peak of local discussions on panhandlers. Everyone has their own approach on how to handle people soliciting money. Perhaps the […]

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Wednesday Weekly

Wednesday Weekly is an attempt to remain in prayer as well as keep friends and family updated on our lives. Here we’ll invite you to pray for us and our neighborhood through our praises, struggles, hopes, and dreams. And sometimes Wednesday Weekly becomes Wednesday Biweekly… […]

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Wednesday Weekly

Wednesday Weekly is an attempt to remain in prayer as well as keep friends and family updated on our lives. Here we’ll invite you to pray for us and our neighborhood through our praises, struggles, hopes, and dreams. On Sunday, I (Haley), sat in church […]

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A summer of transition

This summer has consisted of many small transitions that have all been a part of one big transition. Below, some of this transition is detailed: We have landed at a new church and are excited about what the Lord is doing through it. Awaken Community Covenant […]

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Is it life-giving?

Over a month ago I was procrastinating well into the night. I had a blog post due for a company I freelanced for. Every Monday this same routine would happen as I waited to write about whatever cleaning service I was assigned for the week. […]

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The Joy of Phillip

This morning Phillip, our dog, came running in from outside eager for breakfast. When he’s excited he sticks his claws out and slides all over the laminate wood flooring. Today he had extra momentum and slid right into the dining room table and a chair […]

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#blacklivesmatter

My heart hurts. It aches for the men who are shot without cause, for the loved ones who witness it and the children who are forced to grow up too fast, for the officers who don’t receive proper training, for the legal system that isn’t […]

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