leaving | rivers & roads

leave. to go away from. to allow to remain. it’s fascinating to consider this double meaning (and no fun to live it out). of going away from things, but also allowing things to remain. recently, while I have been physically leaving so many faces and community behing, this made me hope that I am leaving…

ending | excuse us while we sing to the sky

end. a final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story. the furthest or most extreme part of something, limit. the conclusion, the resolution. to come or bring to a final point. to finish. with graduating college, moving, leaving the community I’ve come to love, and concluding my role as…

love never leaves a heart where it found it

Ever since it turned March, I’ve been holding my breath. Along with that calendar page transition, something inside gave way, something that has been building and layering itself within my story for the past year. Last March, everything in my life was completely inside out and I felt like my heart was hanging by a…

strength + dignity + purple flowers

As I sit down to write this story, to let the emotions bleed out with the words, to capture a glimpse of heaven’s light in this hard season, all is quiet. The twinkling strand of lights glow softly like they always do in the corner of my dorm room I call home for eight out…

To Walk With Through The Fear and The Mess

I love community. The chance to invest and grow alongside those around me, to watch our stories unfold, to be connected in a million little ways and celebrate the absolute joy of living. The strong picture it is of us not being alone, of something better and deeper than we can imagine. And to this…

hope is the anthem

GRATEFUL || Gratitude reflections in the midst of the heaviness, the brokenness, the grey. For the first snow magic. It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Christmas decorations, Campus Christmas magic arrived overnight. Twirling holiday decorations in shades of calming blue hang overhead. The strains of every variety of music celebrating the most wonderful time of the…