LATELY

LATELY

Though we've slowed down on the blog writing for this season as book and baby have geared up, we share "micro-blog" updates on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hopeheals) many times a week.

Here's a recap of what we've been up to lately...

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BABY WOLF 2

My pregnancy has been blessedly uneventful as I enter the third trimester. Despite some fatigue and nausea at night, surprisingly, I've felt pretty well! I've even found some safe, new ways to engage James while preparing for life with a newborn. We would so appreciate your continued prayers for the safety and health of me and Baby Wolf 2 until he comes on July 2nd!


JONI TADA CONFERENCE PAINTING

Our friend, Joni Eareckson Tada, asked me to take part in a life-sized portrait, inspired by the feast in Luke 14, to be painted at her first Global Access Disability Conference. The artist, Hyatt Moore, painted me and almost two dozen others with various disabilities. It was a stunning reminder that God invites us all to have a seat at his table. {Watch the beautiful video below.}


BOOK WRITING

We are in the final stretch of intensive writing as we prepare to turn in the first draft of our book on June 1, which will be published by Zondervan and released in April 2016. We've been writing at home and at our local Starbucks and even at UCLA Hospital, but perhaps our most meaningful (and productive) writing occurred a few weeks ago while we were in Texas at the quietly beautiful  Laity Lodge.  It's was a replenishing few days with coffee at sunrise and porch swings at dusk, all set against the contemplative backdrop of the South Texas hill country. We will always remember writing about some of the most painful and most hopeful stories of our lives in that one-of-a-kind place.


TURNING 33

On March 8th, I turned 33, and on April 1, so did Jay! What a gift to adventure through another year of life together. And by all estimations, this year is shaping up to be a big one for us!


LIFE TODAY VIDEO INTERVIEW

We recently shared our story with James and Betty Robison on LIFE TODAY. You can watch it by clicking {HERE}!

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No Such Thing As Detours

No Such Thing As Detours

I imagine for most of us there are fairly straightforward pictures in our heads about what our lives will look like and about who we will become. It seems these pictures are always of wonderful things that happen at exactly the right time and make oh-so much sense. I imagine when something happens that is not inside the four corners of that picture, we view this as a "detour" and hope to get back on the correct path as quickly as possible.

I suppose I have a question then: what happens when you go on a detour and cannot ever get back on that original path again? 

Perhaps some detours aren't detours at all.  Perhaps they are actually THE path. THE picture. THE plan. And perhaps most unexpectedly, they can be perfect.  

{CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS GUEST BLOG ON Wonderfully Made...}

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2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

2014 was a year of recovery and redefinition in our lives and ministry. In retrospect, it was also a year of great preparation for 2015 which may well be our most transformational year yet (see previous post!) Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for encouraging us in every way to keep fully living into the unique calling and ministry God has given us.

See all the details below, our year-in-review documents (click images to enlarge).

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