A Year In Review

This week is my one year anniversary working as a foster care social worker. I’m feeling pleased to arrive at this point for several reasons. To start, the average turn-over rate for a social worker in the child welfare system is usually 8-9 months. When I began this...

Choosing to Stay

My very first home visit, she jumped into my arms. I will never forget seeing her almond eyes and gap-toothed smile for the first time, and being so thankful that she trusted me. I will never forget looking through her case file and learning the horror that she had...

Back From Hiatus

So I’m back from an 18-month hiatus from writing called graduate school. If anyone had a valid excuse to not write for pleasure over the last year and a half, I believe it was me. When I wasn’t skimming 200 pages of reading a night, I was juggling several 15 to 30...

To Know Him Better

“There I have a different name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” -Aslan When I first landed back on American soil, I felt like I...

More than Conquerors

Two weeks ago this same morning, I sat breathless and teary-eyed on a thin perch of ice at 19,974 feet. Summiting Huayna Potosi was absolutely, without a doubt, the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life. It tested every muscle in my body and every corner of...

How the Story Ends

We at International Justice Mission have received some heartbreaking news. As you may have already seen in the international media, on June 23rd three men were abducted in Nairobi, Kenya after a court hearing. One was an IJM human rights lawyer, the others were an IJM...