Erin is a Northern-born, Southern-living professional teacher on an indefinite sabbatical to raise 6 (for now) children and is currently a deacon's-wife-in-training. She manages life, faith, and her family's annual goal of hiking 100 miles.
None of us truly desires to be alone or to feel the loneliness of not being able to share our stories, hopes, dreams, struggles, and joys with another person. Yet practicing authenticity and vulnerability demands courage.
We never complete a hike without tears, scraped knees, blisters, or moments where exhaustion overcomes us. When we encounter moments of difficulty on the trail, we are reminded of the power of encouragement.
I was nineteen the first time I walked into his office for spiritual direction. Nervous and completely unaware of where I was going in my life, I began to share my story with a priest who would become my mentor, guide, and friend.