When my husband and I first got married, we had dreams to move to China and open coffee shops there. Two months after we got married, we went to China on a mission trip. We met with international missionaries who taught English as a second language and ran coffee shops. We loved everything about what […]
I’ve been going to church-planting conferences for almost nine years. Nine years! One of the highlights about these conferences is catching up with friends in different parts of the country who are also church-planter’s wives. Some have been at their churches for years, and some have now started churches in different cities. Either way, when […]
We pulled in to clear blue skies, white puffy clouds, and pink cherry blossoms in full bloom. We had just driven across the country from San Francisco, and everything we owned was in our jeep. As I opened the car door I heard the sounds of my new city. Chirping birds. Lawn mowers. And stillness.
It was spring.
My 2015: I left my 20’s and entered my 30’s. I gave away almost everything we owned and my family and I moved across the country. I left great friends and a familiar life in San Francisco and moved into the unpredictable lifestyle of starting a church in Huntsville, AL. I became a pastor’s wife. […]
I walked into Huntsville Junior High about an hour early this Sunday for Essential’s first service, and the excitement had already begun. The first person I saw was Tim’s aunt. I asked how things were going and how Tim seemed to be doing, and she said, “Oh everything is great, and Tim is being interviewed […]
These are the days when our house transforms into our church every Sunday night. If you have kids, you know that cleaning with your house with kids around is basically like turning on a box fan with a stack of tall papers sitting in front of it, and then trying to keep those papers in […]
A few short months ago, we sat alone in our San Francisco apartment and made the final decision to move and start a church in Huntsville. We had no idea who- if anyone- would come with us or support us. We didn’t know how everyone was going to react. We had a million fears and […]
After being here a little over a month, the exhaustion of adjusting to a new place and moving across the country really started to hit me. It didn’t help that over a six week period, we somehow managed to almost destroy Tim’s mom’s perfect house. Around week two, I somehow knocked over a lamp onto […]
When we decided to make the move from San Francisco to Huntsville, we thought it might make the most sense to live with Tim’s mom and step-dad for a month or two while we looked for a house. Since we love Tim’s mom and step-dad and their hospitality is competitive with that of the Ritz […]
I will miss my friends here in San Francisco so much. They have been there for me, celebrated me and held me up so many times these past five years. I want them to know I am thankful for them, I will continue to celebrate them and I am always for them, even though I […]