Presently, I am a high school Spanish teacher and I also teach kindergarteners twice a week. The other day when I entered a kindergarten classroom, one little five-year-old ran up to me, smiled sweetly, and then exclaimed, “You look fat!” My first reaction was to look down at my clothes, thinking, “Oh no! What am I wearing today?” I saw myself in a pair of navy slacks and a blue shirt with a pale yellow cardigan. An outfit choice I more »


Hey friend! I am so excited to announce that this Wednesday is the start of a 40 day long Facebook live series!! :) This series will cover topics such as prayer, worship, reading the Bible, singleness, dating, sex, etc. I don’t want to give too much away in this post, but I’m super pumped up about it! I will be going live on Facebook around 5 p.m. CST every day Monday-Saturday starting this Wednesday and going until the Saturday before more »


Love. The golden word for the month of February, am I right? I think February is one of my favorite months because I love Valentine’s Day so insanely much! But I also love the emphasis on love this month brings. You see, God designed each of us with the need to feel loved. I absolutely LOVE the way Megan put it: “You see the thing is, we humans need to know we are loved. We are extremely needy, every single one more »


Ah, Valentine’s Day! That lovely day filled with hearts and candy and pink ribbon. I absolutely love everything about Valentine’s Day! It makes me so happy! If you’ve been around here for a while, you probably know Valentine’s Day is one of my most favorite holidays ever. So, I become quite excited after the New Year’s excitement dies down and cute red and pink themed decorations pop up around Walmart. However, I know well enough that not everyone shares my love for more »


Long-distance friendships can stink… but they can also be really awesome! I’ve talked about long-distance friendships here on Joy Because Grace before (see this post containing tips and stories and this post about what to do before your friend moves). Today, I’m going to be telling you about my all-time favorite way to stay in touch with my long-distance bestie. :) Quick backstory… My best friend Michaela and I have had a long-distance friendship for about 8 or so years. Over the years, we have more »