in which Pavarotti recounts his grand adventure one cold November night. I’m not sure how long I’ve been free but it’s wonderful! The loud thumping around from the humans is a little scary, but luckily when I crawl through this hole and between these giant pieces of wood, the thumping gets quieter. I think it […]Read More a hamster diary entry:
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And what was I doing a few minutes ago? Being discontent. Ugh. Get ready for another episode of Brutal Honesty with Bethany. Can I stick an emoji rolling its eyes right here? Earlier this afternoon I started thinking about the house we just bought, and going over all the things we still […]Read More There’s more to life than brunch & puppies.
I was taking a walk with the little guy I watch every day, and pulled my phone out to call my sister. She didn’t answer, so I tried to think of who else I could call. Then I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll listen to some music.” I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to listen […]Read More Do Just One Thing
(not my photo. No copyright infringement intended.) About two weeks ago, I deleted the Facebook app from off my phone; and that one tiny act has literally changed my life. I don’t know why Facebook is such a time-waster for me. Instagram? I can hop on, scroll for a couple minutes, and hop off. […]Read More the best thing I’ve done in 2018
This past Sunday, Joshua and I stopped at Starbucks around 2:30 to treat ourselves to an iced mocha and iced chai latte. The plan was to get our drinks and chill inside, reading or journaling until choir practice. After I got my drink and sipped the spicy almond milk deliciousness, I mentally wrinkled my nose […]Read More Impressed.
sixteen january, two-thousand-eighteen tuesday, late “Sometimes I think that I feel too much. But how can I not, after all I’ve experienced, all the people I’ve met? Sometimes the memories, the tiny snippets in my head, the thoughts come crashing – hard – into me, like the waves against the cliffs of Fort Jeudy. That’s what […]Read More journal entry: a Grenada word picture
It’s interesting to me that social media is called a “platform.” I’ve been wondering recently what I communicate from my platform. My most recent blog post was about my husband and I becoming minimalists. I’ve posted on Facebook about being a Big Sister for a ministry called Delight & Be. On Instagram, I am a […]Read More What Are You Saying From Your Platform?
Minimalism is such a buzzword now. I’m pretty sure if you asked any millennial right now, they would probably tell you they are trying to lead a minimalist lifestyle or be a minimalist. I’ve been saying it for a while, but it hasn’t really been a reality. Let’s be honest. We all have more than […]Read More minimalism and the Christian
I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. I’ve made it twice and it turned out perfectly amazing both times. I can’t keep this goodness to myself! Not sure if y’all know this or not, but I am a potato person through and through. We used to have a standing joke […]Read More Recipe: Best Ever Mashed Taters
How many of y’all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says “Check your heart” in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I–and all of us–need […]Read More “Check your heart!”
FIRST RECIPE POST! I am so excited to share this with you. I love quick and simple recipes that end up delicious and filling–and these fit the bill. Yesterday I spent no less than twenty minutes looking for a recipe in which I could use some of my super ripe bananas–and another fifteen minutes looking […]Read More Recipe: Banana Energy Bites
(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended) fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com) After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve […]Read More True Feminism
I feel the need to clarify something. First of all, I appreciate the response to my last blog post. I really do. It means so much that people comment on my post, like it, share it or excerpts from it, and message me about it. It is overwhelming and humbling, and I love y’all. […]Read More stop looking for “the one.”
[photo by Ashley Crutcher Photography] It was a sticky day in July. Campers would be arriving in just a few short hours and there was a lot to do before then. As we sat at brunch, I could tell he was nervous. “What’s wrong?” I asked after we prayed over our rice bowls. “I […]Read More How to know you’ve found “the one”
At the beginning of 2018, my husband and I started a Bible reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year. I’ve never actually read the entire thing start to finish, and I have absolutely loved it! This particular plan has us read two chapter in the Old Testament, one chapter from the Poetry […]Read More Did you take away the high places?
“And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and […]Read More Being Told “No.”
Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 Law. Grace. Legalism. Liberalism. Churches today seem to enjoy being on one side of the spectrum or the other. Either they have a list of rules as long as the […]Read More Discernment for the Believer
About a week and a half ago, my life got turned upside-down. More accurately, my brother’s life did. But that in turn affected me. Ricky had a massive aneurysm in his brain. He also had a stroke which left part of his brain very damaged. Last Sunday, I thought we were going to lose him. […]Read More sovereign over us
This isn’t a fun blog post. My heart has actually been hurting for over a week as I was unwillingly, unknowingly prepared to write this post. When I say my heart is hurting, I don’t mean I saw a cute picture of a puppy. I don’t mean I read about orphans in China. I don’t […]Read More reach out
I’ve been learning recently that even if I want something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s what God wants. It is so easy to wish for different opportunities and miss the ones God has already given me. I’m really good at explaining it away too: explaining why I/we would be so good at whatever it is […]Read More when you’re not supposed to build the temple
“What is it worth?” This is a discussion my husband and I have had several times over the past few weeks. What is the Gospel worth? What are we willing to do to reach people for Christ? We both love ministry. Collectively, my husband and I have been on missions trips, worked at camps, and […]Read More How Many Loaves Do You Have?
What a year it has been. Definitely one of the craziest years of my life, I have to say. I hardly know where to begin. God has been so good. He has proven Himself faithful over and over, even though I fail in my faithfulness to Him. This time last year, marriage seemed very far […]Read More two-thousand seventeen in retrospect
Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I was already listening to Christmas music and making gift-lists the second week of November; but as soon as Thanksgiving was over *BAM* full Christmas mode! I am all about the festive lights, Christmas music everywhere you go, tacky sweaters, and finding the perfect […]Read More good tidings of great joy.
It’s November! Finally! Already? This year has flown by, but I have to admit I am very excited to get revved up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and all that 2018 holds! Many of my “friends” on social media have already posted many things about thankfulness and the coming of a new month. I […]Read More in whatsoever state I am
“And [Moses] said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And […]Read More Have You Gathered Enough Manna?
I’ve been in a rut. It’s been three months since I was inspired to blog. I mean, I’ve had ideas and jotted down topics–I even finished one and posted it! But it ended up being deleted because no matter how many times I read over it and opened it to edit, the post just wouldn’t […]Read More When your creativity has dried up.
Welcome to Havre de Grace! Our little town on the water with hidden shops and delicious food and . . . no decent blog from a resident about what there actually is to do around here. This is a list of the top five things to do in Havre de Grace, not […]Read More Top 5 Things to Do in Havre de Grace
Well, it’s that time of year again. Summer time. June is here, and camps all over the country are getting pumped up for the craziest three months of the year. And I’m not. For the first summer ever, I’m not going on any wild/summer-long adventure. How crazy is that? Summers 2011-2013 I was at Sandy […]Read More what I learned from camp:
Ahhhhhh being in love. It’s a beautiful, precious, wonderful thing, isn’t it? Joshua and I were engaged for fourteen months, and it was a blast telling people about the plans and making all the plans themselves. And now we’ve been married for almost two months, and it’s lovely telling people about where we went for […]Read More What Engaged/Newlyweds REALLY Want to Hear
Y’all. Have you tried marriage? It’s amazing! Big supporter of marriage right here. The last time I wrote, my heart was aflutter and my head was in ten different places making at least four different lists. There were many unknowns and more worry than I wanted to admit. What if I get sick the […]Read More so, I’ve been a wife for 3 weeks!