Author Archives: danalynnb

If Your Heart Hurts this Mother’s Day {a few things I’d say if we could do coffee}

I awake early to sit here and wait in the predawn quiet, my littles still snug in their beds, and a hundred or so passions burning all at once in my soul. And out of those hundred burning thoughts, this … Continue reading

Posted in adoption, Celebrations, Grief and Loss, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

on epic beauty, searing loss, and a wholehearted life

I’m not planning on writing Sunday evening when I make my way back from my walk by the river and flip open my li’l Mac on the table at “my” Starbucks. But for the first time in a solid month, words flood … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 7 Comments

in which I go ahead and say All The Stuff, because everything that can be shaken will be

I click the WordPress “new post” button and my stomach does a flip. I take a deep breath and will my heart rate to slow. I don’t know what to say. So many thoughts, so much happening in my heart, … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Confidence in God, Creativity, leadership, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Music, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, Worship Leader Guts | 8 Comments

special needs parenting is hard. sitting still is harder.

The on-hold music goes quiet at the precise moment that I lose my cool. The kids have been chasing, climbing, pushing — mostly laughing but occasionally crossing the line between roughhousing and fighting, for a solid 15 minutes, and I’m not sure what I’m thinking, … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting | 15 Comments

in which I’m {still} learning not to play small {or: thoughts after last night’s counseling session}

Somewhere around 15 inches of snow have blanketed the Denver area over the last few days. The kids and I (and even Stan, who worked from home the last couple of days to avoid a slow, slippery, snow-packed commute) spent … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Confidence in God, Creativity, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, risk | 5 Comments

on social media politics and the Father’s heart

So. My Facebook wall has been an interesting place lately. If you’ve lurked around my page in recent weeks, you’ve likely witnessed some intense conversations. Full-on arguments even, complete with a small handful of accusations and insults that’ve made my jaw drop in … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, leadership, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Presence | 6 Comments

on anxiety and other “less-than-spiritual” realities

I’m jolted awake in the middle of the night. I don’t know exactly what woke me, but I do know my heart is pounding so fiercely that for a moment I wonder if it might collide with my chest wall hard enough … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus | 11 Comments

Sharing my one word for 2016 (and a quick update on our family’s special needs journey)

Hey, my dear friends. Wow. It’s hard to know where to start when it’s been nearly two months since I’ve written here. We had a sweet Christmas Eve morning — just Stan, me, Isaac, and our Maia-bean. We opened presents … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Celebrations, Creativity, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

I want to tell you about the good things.

It snowed last night. Big, wet, gorgeous flakes, of which I just now realized I haven’t taken one single picture. Annnnnd, bam. Just remedied that little issue. Here you go: Though my iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice, this is the view … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Community, Confidence in God, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Encountering God in the Mundane, Family Moments, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A Quick Update (or, the one thing that’s more real than my fear)

It’s been in the 50’s and pouring down rain for 2 days in a row. Typically I would be head-over-heals for this kind of Autumn weather (boots, flannel, sweaters — you know the drill). But hauling my two littles around … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 7 Comments