• Personal Updates

    One Word 2016: Return

    2015 was a wild year for me: I gave birth to a beautiful boy, moved to Southern France, and began leading a Discipleship Training School with my husband. We fueled our 12-hour workdays with baby-interrupted sleep and an unspeakable amount of coffee. RISE was my vision word for the year, and it couldn’t have been more accurate. There was much rising from sleep this year, and even more ‘rising to the occasion’ as I took on two new jobs—motherhood and school leadership—with little training and no idea how difficult each could prove. It was a year of high capacity, and though I’m tired, I also feel more accomplished than I have…

  • Personal Updates,  Travel

    Back to Expat Life

    This weekend, we’ll be packing bags, praying away sickness, and preparing to move to the other side of the world. We’ve been in America almost an entire year, and it’s been an amazing time of reconnecting with family, friends, and churches we love. But France is calling, and it’s time to venture back out into the great unknown of expat life. Back to a life with no dishwashers, no dryers, and no Walmart. Back to lost-in-translation moments, conversations made entirely of hand gestures, and fixing your shower head with a spoon because attempting communication with your landlord would be more exhausting somehow (true story). Back to figuring out every little thing as…

  • Motherhood,  Personal Updates

    Birth, Faith, and Feeling It All

    On February 3, we welcomed James Robert Steere into our family. He was himself from the very first moment: wide-eyed, curious, expressive. Six weeks later, we’re still getting to know him and finding joy in his little personality. We’re exhausted, of course, and I’ve been too hands-full to blog, but life is also incredibly sweet with James now in it. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about his birth and how that winter morning changed everything for me. I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted a natural birth. I was well-read on the benefits of unmedicated labor for both mom and baby, but…

  • Motherhood,  Personal Updates

    One Word 2015: Rise

    If you followed my previous blog, you may remember my One Word post from last year. After a difficult season, I chose RECLAIM as my vision word for 2014, and it turned out to be more than fitting. Since writing that post, I’ve reclaimed my health, creativity, and identity. I left behind oppressive systems and theologies, and I walked into a new understanding of God’s last-will-be-first kingdom. Everything blossomed again. This year, with all kinds of exciting opportunities on the horizon, I’m finding it easier to choose a vision word and expect good things to come of it. My One Word for 2015 is RISE. I love its various definitions: To move upward, to…

  • Personal Updates

    Welcome

    Hi there, and welcome to the brand-spanking-new blog!   We’re just getting things up and running, but here’s what you should know about this site: This blog is written by me, Elizabeth Steere. That’s my writer name, but my friends call me Liz. You can too. If you don’t know me in real life, you can read about me here. Hopefully, we’ll be getting to know each other a lot better as this blog continues. I write a lot about faith and culture, and how the two intersect. You can expect to see a wide variety of topics on this site, but everything will ultimately tie back to one of those two ideas.…