My Mina Girl

On : 14 August, 2019 | Category : 2019

  All growing up, I can never remember a time when we didn’t have a dog. When Daniel and I got married, I immediately started talking about wanting to get a dog. He was not in agreement and wouldn’t really engage in much conversation about it. I interpreted this behavior as secretly planning to get […]


On : 10 August, 2019 | Category : 2019

  When I first started CrossFit, I would literally go into a panic any day that I walked into the gym and saw barbells on the floor.  I had always worked out in some capacity, but never with barbells. I think the heaviest dumb bells I had ever used were maybe 12 pounds. As I […]


On : 16 May, 2019 | Category : 2019

    When God gave the Ten Commandments to his people through Moses, the fourth one was to remember the Sabbath. Exodus 20:8-10 says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In […]

What We Really Want to Be

On : 16 March, 2019 | Category : 2019 , Uncategorized

  Every year from December through the end of March, I feel like I can’t catch my breath. No matter how hard I try to keep our schedules manageable, it is just crazy! Jian’s wheelchair basketball season has been going SO well and is so fun to watch!  She practices 2 nights every week, and […]

Going After the One

On : 8 January, 2019 | Category : 2019

  Unfair.   That’s the word that I keep repeating in my mind over and over.   This. Is. Not. OK.   When Jian lived in China, she had a group of “family members.” Children who also lived there all those years with her. After she came home, we began praying fervently for each one. […]

Me? A Runner?

On : 6 November, 2018 | Category : 2018

  A few weeks ago I received a text from a friend that I had not seen in probably three years.  She is a precious person, and I was so glad to hear from her. She explained that she had started a running group that meets on Saturday mornings around 6:30 am. They get together […]


On : 6 October, 2018 | Category : 2018

  During my work in home health care, a common theme seemed to frequently arise.  I would go to work with a patient, usually in their 80’s, often who had just had a hip replacement or some other hospitalization.  They would tell me about how they were functioning beforehand—maybe fairly independently but using a walker.  […]

I Will Be With You

On : 20 August, 2018 | Category : 2018

  This past weekend I participated in a local CrossFit competition with 3 other friends from my gym.  In these competitions, there are several divisions to choose from.  The most difficult division is called RX; a more “doable” division is called Scaled, and there is also a Masters division for older competitors.     In […]

Moving On

On : 17 May, 2018 | Category : 2018

  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4   I saw this verse framed and sitting on a table at the entrance of one of my patient’s homes back in 2011.  It caused me to pause and take note.  I had been privately petitioning […]


On : 16 January, 2018 | Category : 2018

  When we were first given Faith’s diagnosis, I had never heard of the term.  A quick Google search gave me enough information to know that the condition was “fatal” and “irreversible,” that treatment was aimed at controlling symptoms, and there is no cure.   We have a trusted mentor at our church who is […]