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Collections of Wholehearted & Courageous stories,

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October 23, 2019

I don’t like to look at pain. If I can, I avoid it. Look the other way. But no matter how I avert my eyes, there it is… in the fabric of this beautiful yet imperfect life.

And I realize that I look away because I don’t like crying. I don’t like caring as much as I do an...

September 11, 2019

“Back to the drawing board” … my heart is grateful for this concept as I think about those times we need to go before the Lord and ask him to help us focus and prioritize. In the midst of much to-do, I stopped in my tracks realizing there was a small window of time, I...

August 21, 2019

5 years ago our first baby was born.  Since then we have been steadily accumulating children.  Now at three, our hearts are delighted and our home is full.  Full of laughter and squabbles, toys and dishes, it’s a mixture of pure happiness and sheer hard work. I am slap...

August 7, 2019

It was approaching the end of the school year. Our calendar was swirling with activities. Field trips, field day, parties, 5th grade breakfast and graduation, and middle school orientation to name a few. It was also when I like to take the time to plan gifts for the te...

July 24, 2019

I am estranged from my parents. 


This fact has defined so much about how I see myself and interact with the world in the ten years since our relationship was disrupted.

Ten years ago I found myself holding my ten-day-old baby while I watched my parents make dumbfounding...

May 30, 2019

Give your heart a voice.

This statement is one of my standards for measuring whether or not I am being authentic and honest with my life. I always find it interesting how people interact with these words when I say them. It can sound motivational and inspiring or really...

May 16, 2019

As I was pushing through those icky days of the first trimester (those who have been there understand!), attempting to homeschool my other two children, and feeling a bit discouraged, a beautiful friend gently asked if I’d be interested in joining a community of women...

April 19, 2019

I’m the oldest of 3 siblings. This means I was and can still be on the bossy side. I’m half puerto-rican, half salvadoran, which by my own definition means dramatic. I did not learn how to express my emotions much as a kid, which means I can speak a lot before thinking...

April 4, 2019

In early 2018 after reading Rising Strong, one quote from Brené Brown kept nagging at me: "We move what we are learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands." I asked myself, "What am I doing that fits that?" The answer was "Nothing," so I thought about what...

March 24, 2019

My petition. I like that word because looking it up, it’s synonym is pray. It’s Lent right now and this year I decided that I wanted to participate. I haven’t been fasting but have committed to walking a path where I took the rose-colored glasses off when observing the...

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