The Tough Questions

I "grew up Christian." What this means to me is that I had a Christian family and I attended a Christian school (later, when I was homeschooled, I followed a Christian curriculum) and I went to church every Sunday with my parents. I knew all the right answers to the questions in Sunday school and memorized hundreds of Bible verses growing up.
But I have experienced somewhat of an identity crisis, and as I seek to understand God's word better, I've discovered that I am being led to rebuild my beliefs from the ground up.

Off the Grid

We had no electricity, water, or even cell service for a full 48 hours following the effects of the storm on Tuesday afternoon. I don't know where my head was at, but I had no clue to expect wind and rain like that and was unprepared for a two-day power outage; we don't have a generator and I had a fridge full of food. So it was a pretty quiet couple of days here. I'm thankful we (and all our family) were kept safe.It was embarrassingly difficult to get along without electricity, especially with Internet and cell phone service outages also affecting our area.

Tropical Storm Isaias

A kink in my daily writing! Storm knocked out the electricity at my house. I'm at my parents' charging some devices and checking email after borrowing their shower.
It doesn't look like power will be back until later this week. I will be back soon!

After a Rainy Night

I missed last night's post due to hanging out with my husband on his day off. :) Here is a verse I've been thinking about today. I will continue tonight's post as usual.

Lamentations 3:21-23: "Yet this I call to mind, and therefore have hope: because of the loving devotion of the Lord we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!" (NIV)

Celiac Disease: A Year Post-Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with celiac disease (CD) in September 2019. I'm thankful that doctors finally got to the bottom of my symptoms; I had been going to the doctor for about three years prior to being tested for CD, and only then because my mom had just been diagnosed.
The only way to manage CD is to maintain a strict gluten-free diet. While doing my research before going in for the test, I thought going gluten-free didn't seem like a big deal. No medications or procedures, just a diet change? That sounded great to me.
I'm coming up on a year without any gluten in my diet and although the diet really is simple, celiac disease has affected my life in more than just what I choose to eat.

Part-Time Homemaking: A Hobby

When I got married a year and a half ago, I moved out of my parents' house for the first time, and my husband and I moved into an adorable, cozy cottage rental in a quiet lakeside community. It is just right for what we need right now, until we buy our own house some day, and I am so grateful to have my in-laws as landlords, too!
I love this house and I LOVE living with my husband. But our house didn't feel like "home" as soon as we moved in. It looked lived-in, for sure, quickly attracting our newly combined assortment of clutter and furniture. I still felt like something was missing. But how do you turn a house into a home?

Gluten Free Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis & Frozen Lemonade Dupes

Since being diagnosed with celiac disease, the gluten free diet has fortunately been minimally disruptive to my life. Any inconvenience is far outweighed by how much healthier I am and how much better I feel.
I still crave fast food that I can't have.
Today, it was Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis: crispy chicken nuggets inside buttery little pieces of bread.
Today, I embarked on a mission to bring the forbidden Chick-n-Mini into my gluten-free home.