I’m happy you’re here. I’ll go first: I’m a full-time journalist turned work-at-home writer. I’m hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we’re smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there’s beauty in the broken.
I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing.
What is Many Sparrows?
This little corner of the Internet aims to encourage women, spurring them on to find worth and live a story worth sharing.
God tells us He cares about the little things — even down to a teeny, tiny sparrow. And if He cares about a little bird, how much more does He care about us — who are worth far more than many sparrows? Let’s dwell in the truth that He loves us with an arms-stretched-out kind love. Let’s rest easy, knowing we’re valued, loved, and worth more than we can even fathom.
I’m a person who’s blemished and blessed. All good things in my life flow from Jesus. My mission is to reflect his generous, grace-filled love with all my heart, soul, and mind. I’m passionate about shedding religious cliches and living an authentic, Kingdom life. Sometimes I get frustrated and often times I fail. I’m a work in progress.
Find Your Worth & Live a Story Worth Telling
My heart is to use this corner of the Internet to make much of Jesus. To use my words to reflect the creator of all things who gives extravagant grace, who radiates beauty and light in a very dark world.
I’m a mama of two little boys, and sometimes I just need a space to talk about things like shift dresses and wedge booties and dry shampoo. Let’s share our secrets, shall we?
Motherhood is messy. My hope is that my words + stories can be an encouragement to you in your parenting journey.
Teachers deserve a thank you. More than that — they deserve a standing ovation. Teachers invest all they have into our most precious gifts, often quietly and without fanfare.
When I had the chance to partner again with Hallmark, I knew who I wanted to buy a Christmas gift for — my son’s teacher.
Joseph is in his first year of elementary school, and words can’t express how grateful I am for his teacher. She gives each student in her little crew of five-year-olds the option for a hug — or a high five — at the end of every single day, sending them out into the big world with an extra dose of love. Without a doubt, my little guy picks a hug every time, and my mama heart could burst.
Teachers give their time, their resources, their hearts. I think back on my education and I can name each one of my teachers — the fearless warriors with compassionate hearts who taught and loved, without ever knowing what their impact would truly be.
Joseph and I got to work putting our love into picking the perfect Christmas card and wrapping up Mrs. Z’s present in a special way:
We’re getting a snowstorm this weekend, and I have to say — it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I’m thankful for the precious Christmas card set we picked up while we were at Hallmark, along with the matching holiday gift wrap and gift tags.
So many of us have stories of teachers who influenced our lives. In what other ways can we thank a teacher this holiday season? How can we let them know that their hard work is seen, appreciated, and valued?
Hey, busy mamas. I see you. I know you know what’s looming in the horizon. Soon you’ll be juggling mistletoe and eggnog, balancing pageants and wish-lists, trying to love your littles and manage some semblance of sanity along the way.
You know that holiday to-do list that’s already creeping up on you? That ever-changing checklist chockfull of good things that can start to not feel so, well…good?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: If we lose sense of the glow and wonder of the ordinary, the big holiday moments we work so hard to make shine will inevitably seem dim.
But what if we valued small over big this holiday season?
As our family grows and adds more commitments to the calendar, I’m sensing the need to be intentional with my time. As schedules ramp up, I need to slow down.
I want my little boys to know that their mama valued time spent together. I want my kids to see and feel and believe that true holiday sparkle lies in time spent scribbling with crayons, afternoons imagining the wonder of the manger.
How can we pivot to be more present in our homes among the tinsel and glittering lights?
I jumped at the opportunity to join Hallmark Gold Crown in their holiday campaign, because I’ve always found their keepsakes thoughtful and family-centered. Their new seasonal line was such a joy to shop. Jonny and I have wanted to get the boys a nativity scene that they can play with — and not break. When we stumbled upon this Itty Bitty Nativity Scene, I think we uttered an audible “awww.”
We decided to wrap it and give it to them as a special early Christmas present to help tune our hearts to the reason we celebrate Christmas. Every time I see their little hands playing with the adorable plush characters, I can’t help but smile. We’ll be keeping the set out throughout on a bookshelf in our living room — in reach for the little hands.
I’ve had so much fun telling and retelling the story of the first Christmas as I sit with my boys on the living room floor. These sweet little moments reset my heart, and I think they might even change the trajectory of the day.
Seeing Christmas through the eyes of my children throws a new blanket of joy and whimsy onto one of my favorite holidays. When I get too busy “adulting” and stress starts to creep in, even young children can notice. When I was browsing our local Hallmark Gold Crown store, I noticed a new line of absolutely charming coloring books for grown-ups. I’ve seen the trend catching on, and I nabbed a copy of “The Art of Happiness: A Coloring Book of Whimsical Designs.”
My boys (at five and two) love sitting down with crayons, markers, and coloring books, and I enjoy creating with them. I’ve often wanted to doodle on something other than cartoon characters and superheroes, so I instantly gravitated to the charming, creative illustrations in the book. (Of course, I had to share a page with each of my boys, because they were so intrigued with Mommy’s new coloring book.)
Playing with my kids allows me to take a breath and reassess priorities — something I think we could always use more of as we approach the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Maybe it’ll bring you, joy, too:
Justice isn’t a warrior. It’s not a King riding in on a white horse fighting the bad guys and saving the day.
My kids love knights and dragons. I’m not sure how that happened or when it exactly occurred, but they are totally into it. For Halloween, my five-year-old insisted on being a knight, and my two-year-old just had to don a dragon costume. (A little bit fitting for their personalities, actually.) Even at their young ages, they have a sense of justice. Of fighting the bad guy and saving the day. And that’s kind of how I’ve always viewed justice.
But God’s justice? The real life justice that, if we allow it to, can fuel head knowledge into our heart and out of our hands?
I’m humbled, excited, and certainly nervous to be teaching an Influence Network class on Real Life Justice tomorrow night. It’ll be a live online class, with the ability to purchase and watch later if you’re not able to log in for the live teaching. I’m fighting the lies in my ear, whispering “your voice doesn’t matter” and “you’re just a mom” and “your platform isn’t big enough.”
As I’ve researched this class, as I read books from theologians and teachers who are much smarter than me, as I started to dig into God’s word, I sat up late on my couch and realized something.
Justice isn’t what I thought it was.
We begin the journey to justice by “being of the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. This mind-set calls us toward an emptying and toward a taking on the form of servants.” (A Many Colored Kingdom)
Justice is the ministry of reconciliation.
Justice is attentiveness to the Holy Spirit and participation in his initiatives. “The kingdom of God is a communal initiative of the Spirit.” (A Many Colored Kingdom)
True justice is when we bring the kingdom of God into a situation. If God is the Just One and we’re bringing his values and ideas into a situation, we’re bringing justice.
We often think of justice as: I hope that guy gets what he deserves.
But the justice of the cross says: You don’t get what you don’t deserve. You get freedom and life-everlasting.
Seeking real-life, Kingdom justice is discovering how to extend that freedom and grace to others. How do we throw open the doors to the throne of grace and live that inside-out, upside-down Kingdom justice? How do we do it as busy mamas? As professional women? As wives? As daughters of the King?
So, I hope that you’ll join me and the Influence Network as we see what God’s word says about justice, and we talk about real-life application, too. I’m learning that listening is profound, and small is big. I’m learning that God’s heart is for the hurting, and mine should beat in sync with His. I’m learning that His grace lights a flame in the darkness of injustice — and that it’s big enough to cover us all.