Pregnancy & Bipolar

On May 4th (aka, May the Fourth, aka, Star Wars Day), my husband and I announced that we are expecting our first baby! To say we are excited is an understatement. I honestly can’t properly put into words how excited, happy, nervous, and in disbelief we are. We’ve talked about starting a family for so…

My Yucky Pills

I once had a kiddo confess to me that they took “yucky pills” to help control their emotions and to not “get really angry. With tears in their eyes, they said, “I don’t like taking them. They’re yucky. I just want to be like Jesus.” And my heart broke into thousand tiny pieces. I understood…

Karen on April 17, 2014

I love the “On This Day” feature on Facebook. I check it every day – I mean, it’s one of the first things I do in the morning. Yes, embarrassing, but true. I love seeing photos I had forgotten about, seeing faces I haven’t seen in a while, and cringing at high school Karen trying…

Our First Anniversary… last month.

October 28, 2017 was our first wedding anniversary. I know, I know, I’m just about a month late on this post… but better late than never! We were incredibly blessed to have an amazing first year of marriage. We both traveled quite a bit; Belize and Guatemala for our honeymoon, Connecticut for Christmas, Oregon for…

Sometimes Photographer

On top of working in ministry, I am a trained, professional photographer. I graduated from photography school in 2009 and had my own photography business until 2017. Weddings, senior portraits, coffee shops, breweries, banking executives, boudoir sessions, ¬†fashion shows, newborns, actors headshots… you name it, I’ve probably done it! I don’t do photography regularly, hence…

I have bipolar.

In my last post, I ended my introduction with, “My name is Karen, I am a Christian, and I am bipolar.” Just ten days later, I need to retract that statement. Well, may not retract it completely, but rephrase it a bit: Yes, my name is Karen. Yes, I am a Christian. No, I am…