Sincerely, Crystal

Even there

Psalm 139: 7-12 Where shall I go from  your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even thereContinue reading “Even there”

Real Grown Ups

When do the real grownups arrive? She said it jokingly as she processed experiences that felt too big for her and her husband. Deep within my soul, I felt an overwhelming YES! That was the feeling. How and when did life get so complicated that it felt unmanageable? How did I continue blowing out birthdayContinue reading “Real Grown Ups”


I listened to a sermon today on the Hope we have in our future destination of Heaven.  The glory that is the resurrection—that we have a God who sent His Son who lived a perfect life (which we cannot), died for our sins (a penalty we could not deal with on our own), and thenContinue reading “Wait”

Mom of Many

Some moms look at the same brown eyes, Night after night, With bath time and bedtime stories. She knows the distinct voice of her children. She knows how they like their sandwiches cut. She knows how they like their hair braided. She knows their favorite color. These children feel as much a part of herContinue reading “Mom of Many”


–a swollen area within body tissue containing an accumulation of pus –a tender mass filled with pus caused due to infection. I had left the procedure room sweating, red-faced a stench in my nose I was confident would never leave.  I had images of the parents horrified faces imprinted in my brain.  And the screamsContinue reading “Abscesses”

Worth It

She was worth it, I said through tears. I’ve experienced tangible moments a few times in my life where I was confronted with someone I served.  And I realized to serve them, it cost me some things.  Precious things.  And yet, I knew deep down in my heart if I was given the choice toContinue reading “Worth It”


I hugged him tight, and he did the most interesting thing… He tenderly placed his forehead to my head. As he did, he didn’t look away. Instead, he held eye contact boldly, and he smiled sweetly, giggling as we stared at each other. I smiled, I laughed, And I cried. I was the one whoContinue reading “Bold-Wild-Free”


I am a slow learner. I am smart.  But with certain things, it take me a long time to get it. And learning is usually painful.  Always has been. I have a distinct memory of doing flashcards with my mom when I was 4 and having anxiety about not knowing how to read going intoContinue reading “Learning”

Its been a Year

It’s been a year. She said it in a literal way. And in a heavy-sigh expressive way. It HAD been a year. A year since the world turned upside down. Or rather inside out. Where going out became dangerous. When we hunkered down, narrowed our circles and changed all our systems. When our coping strategiesContinue reading “Its been a Year”

My Sweet Valentine…

Fix your eyes on this one truth, God is madly in love with you. –Hillsong Do you believe it? Does that line make you squirm in an uncomfortable way? What are the thoughts that go through your head creating arguments for why it isn’t true. This is one of those lyrics I love-hate. One thatContinue reading “My Sweet Valentine…”


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