This wild ability to name these pieces of Jesus that you saw in us, to speak truth over our lives that we were being made whole, bit by bit, is the sustenance that fueled us to reach the summit. You've nourished us with your invitations into spaces of peace – the Kessler's dinner table receiving confessions about the beauty and hardships of marriage, faithful phone calls from friends dotted all across the country, and camping weekends that made room for silliness and play. Whether knowingly or not, you've been showing us all along how extraordinary it is to restore wholeness, how life-altering it is to usher shalom, in community. You have truly been our steady assurance that this too shall pass and be made right; the dawn will break again.
In celebration of my twenty-sixth lap around the sun, I hopped on a plane to Kansas City to soak up 72 hours of autumn leaves, falling snow, and the people who transformed the midwest into a second home. After a weekend of quality time with my fellow creatives, I felt inspired to go out on … Continue reading An Unlikely Homecoming
The temperature will soon be dropping to propel the trees into their best show of the year, as their transitioning leaves invite us to pause and look up. The iced beverages that have been providing us relief from the summer heat will be replaced with steaming coffee, cider, and hot chocolate, whose warmth will once … Continue reading Autumn’s Awakening
"If you were walking through an alley and four men came at you from the shadows and beat you up so badly that you ended up in the hospital, you would be on hyper-alert every time you walked through an alley for the rest of your life. Trauma is like that. Your body comes up … Continue reading The Painful and Sweet Release
Dear Rylie, One minute you are feeling seen and known, and the next you are wondering if any human being anywhere in the world at any point in time has ever loved you at all. Why are you believing this lie, beloved? Choosing exercise in the forms of yoga, running, and surfing doesn’t need to … Continue reading A Letter to Myself on Insecurity
Plant both feet firmly on the ground. Go ahead, feel the soles of your feet greeting the earth, and take a deep breath in, the biggest breath you have taken all day, and imagine a place or scenario where you feel incredibly free. Are you dancing in front of a mirror without any fear of … Continue reading Eyes Wide Open
She collapsed after six bullets entered her legs, recent adornments from her husband who casually sauntered up the stairs with a gun and a statement: "I'm going to kill you." Another was pinned on the ground while her boyfriend's hands closed around her neck, applying pressure until she lost consciousness, releasing until she awoke, reapplying … Continue reading A Necessary Ingredient