struggle

Living The Dream

by Laura on November 20, 2015

office life

Two weeks ago, I found myself knee-deep in a gripe session to Matt about the realities of my job. Despite my instagram feed which screams of jungles and adventures and motorbikes on beaches, my day-to-day work routine is actually quite mundane, and fairly isolating, most weeks. It’s grants and spreadsheets and a billion emails. It’s […]




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The Slippery Truth

by Laura on March 4, 2015

perspective

The Truth is a slippery son-of-a-gun. It’s like one of those water wiggler snakes I got for one of my middle school birthdays. It seemed a chintzy gift– a tube of rubber with water inside– until I held it in my awkward hands. I’d have it firmly in my grip, settled, sure. Then I’d turn […]




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I Do, Still. STILL.

by Laura on February 12, 2012

In honor of all the hearts floating around these days, I am re-posting a piece I wrote about eight months ago. We were just returning to Asia after a glorious six weeks in the U.S. with family and friends, good bread and better coffee, and I was wrestling with what love looks like, in a […]




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The First Year {On My Crap}

by Laura on April 7, 2011

We started this year with stars in our eyes– big plans to save the world and all that.  We were stuffed-full of glossy-idealism and the dramatic-Following.  And maybe I’m being too hard on myself, on us, but somehow, I don’t really think so.  Because when the heat gets turned up, the true gold shines through– […]




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The Swim Upstream

by Laura on January 26, 2011

From highschool student to young single, from tired parent to even-more tired empty-nester, our days can often be defined as a fight for the things that matter.  This article is about that struggle, and following the post, I’ve added some questions my husband asked me after I told him what I wrote about this afternoon […]




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Plan B

by Laura on January 11, 2011

Plan B

The older I get, the more I realize that life seldom goes “according to plan.”  Whether it be our children or marriages, our jobs or finances, the journey can throw unsuspecting curveballs, unplanned valleys and fog-filled twists.  I reckon that’s just part of life– and the very necessary letting-go that comes with it.  Maybe you […]




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When Skin Crawls

by Laura on October 30, 2010

When Skin Crawls

Whether you are feeling overwhelmed as a mother to young children or tired from the constant motion or weary from the same battle, I hope this post will be an encouragement.  I took a bit of a risk in reading the post aloud, after I wrote it.  Sometimes flesh-and-blood trumps black-and-white, and hopefully you won’t […]




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Promise Under Trees

by Laura on October 18, 2010

It was under trees like these that I heard it. Jogging through patches of spring snow that refused to sink into ground.  Gloves on hands that clinched a blaring ipod.  Breath making smokestacks in the mountain air. The decision to drop nets and follow had already been made.  The path chosen would lead overseas and […]




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Question {Church Snob}

by Laura on September 13, 2010

Okay, I’ll admit it, I am a recovering church snob. Back in the States, there was no shortage of criticisms I could hand out about any given church I happened to find myself in on a Sunday morning, or a Saturday night {if that was a cooler time to have the service}.  I’ve snubbed postmodern […]




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When You Become an Awful Person

by Laura on September 6, 2010

“What happens when trying to follow Jesus turns you into an awful person?” This was the honest question Matt and I talked about last night on our downstairs couch, in the 15 minute-window we had where the kids were asleep and we had the energy to talk about the important.  It was a question born […]




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Confessions of Today

by Laura on September 3, 2010

Today I expected too much of my children. I swore in my head when my toddler dripped spaghetti, and then I swore out loud when I dropped the keys in the dirt. Today I rolled my eyes when a Asian woman asked to photo our {sweaty, tired} blonde family. And then I smiled-plastic, and I […]




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