What to do on those BAD days!

What to do on those BAD days!

Today was one of those days that felt crushing. The heaviness of financial burden and health concerns for family members consumed me. One of those days where any little thing, like someone saying hello to you in a comforting voice, would bring embarrassing tears. Today was that kind of day. The certainness of my future, [...]

6 Reasons why you shouldn’t give up on what God’s called you to do

6 Reasons why you shouldn’t give up on what God’s called you to do

I watched my daughter Thea, who has Mosaic Down Syndrome, work hard to learn how to read. Everyday she picked up a book and practiced. I would always find her off in a corner reading by herself or to her younger siblings. And everyday I saw an improvement. Over less than a year, Thea went [...]

The Church Failed You, But That’s Not The End Of Your Story

The Church Failed You, But That’s Not The End Of Your Story

You grew-up going to church. You learned bible stories like Noah’s Ark and Daniel and the Lions Den. You sang in Christmas concerts and went to youth group. You lived in this bubble, nicely protected by Christian parents, Christian friends. Then you hit high school and it was like your life split into two, the [...]

Overwhelmed?

Overwhelmed?

My daughter has Mosaic Down Syndrome (Click here for more info)and struggles with her speech. She has a hard time finding the right words to say in order to express herself. We want the very best for her, so we put her in speech therapy. We hoped the extra support would help her develop quicker. [...]

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways!

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways!

Feel the fear and do it anyways.  This is what was racing through my mind as I walked out the door of First West for the very last time. I had worked for this organization for over seven years, built my career, gained invaluable experience and made some life-long friends. With no clear path ahead [...]