Crisis and Community


A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened. My good friends from my church, Autumn and Ben, lost their little girl, Addisyn, in a horrific car accident and their other daughter, Ashtyn, sustained significant injuries. Addisyn had an immense love for God and love for people. She had a heart to serve and to tell the world about Jesus — she radiated pure joy!

Who is ever prepared for their child to die? On top of that, who is ever prepared for all of the responsibilities and decisions that come along with the loss of a loved one?

I went to the hospital to visit the family, and they were surprisingly in good spirits. I hugged Autumn and told her I loved her. I didn’t have any other words to say, and it’s ok I didn’t. Ashtyn was being showered with gifts and candy galore by her dad’s fellow sheriff officers. There was such an outpouring of love and generosity, and it was a beautiful sight to see.

I’ve lost my fair share of people, and I have walked with dear friends who have lost loved ones. It never gets easier. I’m a fixer by nature, but loss is simply not something you can fix. I’ve learned that though words might be few, there are some things we can do to mourn those who mourn.


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Favorite Finds Friday!

This favorite find is not super new. I have been a part of this company for a couple of years now, but today, I decided to share the FUN with all of you!

You may or may not have heard of this awesome company called Refit Revolution. It is a fitness company built around community. As all of you know, community is my JAM! It is also built around music and movement. Those are two other things that I love!


The mission and vision of REFIT is simple.

“We believe that the heart is more than a muscle. That a person is more than a body. That relationships are as important as results. We believe fitness isn’t just for the fit…it’s for the willing.” (From the Website)


I had the joy of getting certified as a REFIT instructor last weekend. The whole training was amazing. We had an experience class and exercises that taught us how to lead and why we lead. My favorite parts were hearing from the 2 of the 3 founders Angela Beeler and Catherine Ballas. Sadly, Emily Fields wasn’t there. Their sole purpose for this company is to show the love of God and build His family and establish authentic community.

Community is for everyone. Christ is for community. We should be for community as well. What better way to build community than through music and dancing and plain old fun?!


If you are looking for a place to belong, I know that REFIT is for you! You don’t have to be the most coordinated to join in. You just have to know how to smile and have a good time!

For more information or to find a REFIT class in your area, visit REFIT Revolution.

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