Give Grace

When we lived in South Korea, we were given Korean names by our Teaching Manager, a dear lady who was our Korean "mother". Joanne named me "시은", pronounced shee-uhn, which she told me means "she gives grace"...

An Experiment in Quitting --or-- A Three's Nightmare

I am slowly re-discovering that I have spent my whole life defining who I am by what I do. Performance, achievement, accolades, awards, recognition, praise--these are all words that I love and crave. Fail, quit, lose, stop, unfollow--these are words that I hate and am afraid of. Because if I don’t perform, and perform well, then I don’t feel valuable. And this, this is why I hate the thought of publishing this blog post...

Full Circle

There was a crisp chill in the air on that late January day. I’d been on a bus for the better part of 3 days. I’d endured sleepless nights, little food, and physical violence only to arrive in Oakland California tired, nervous, and nearly broke. It was all worth it though. The entire trip, and the entire bent and trajectory of my life over the past few months had been leading up to this place, at this time...

A Confirmation Conversation

If you've hung around here long enough, you know that we recently became Anglican. This journey has been deeply meaningful and spiritually rich. We are learning a lot and growing deeper in our faith in Jesus.

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, the Trams received Confirmation into the Anglican Communion. This was an impacting experience, and we left feeling very grateful for the family that we've found in our new parish, but also for the continued grace of God in our lives...

Be Still My Soul

This season of life finds me tired most days. Happy, productive, and tiiiiired. And not just physically tired, but emotionally and mentally tired as well. Nothing's wrong and nothing bad has happened. It's just one of those seasons...