WELCOME Welcome to The RahRaw Diaries. My name is RahRah, but some people call me Inga. I am a Minnesota native, but resided the past six years in the hills of Kentucky – where my heart thrived in the warmth of the southern sun. I’m now returning to my roots, the land of lakes which I once knew. Settling into the place of my childhood, I hope to transform memories of sadness and loss into joy and love, desires to grow wings and fly away into roots that invest and stay, and friendships that faded into fully nourishing and blossoming relationships. Once upon a time, I had a knack for keeping all my emotions inside a beautifully-crafted castle, guarded by a dragon and surrounded by a wildly, rushing moat. However, not even the highest quality wall can withstand the unruly storms of life. And once the wall is knocked down, the thoughts, words and emotions that have been held in outpour. Grounded, surrounded by my mess, I realize I am not alone, but surrounded by a village of folks who have quit trying to keep it all together. We connect, live simply and build community amongst our brokenness. I’ve noticed that we are surrounded by an inexplicable peace, and love deeper than ever before. This is where I write from. This place of brokenness and imperfection, transition and change, joy, love, and connection. Being as my favorite Scripture cites, “we are hard-pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; and struck-down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Knowing that “this all-surpassing power comes from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7) I am able to more fully “love (through words) as God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Please, join me on this journey, as God transforms life experiences, good and bad, into lessons that draw us closer together in love, understanding and peace. Read as the words dance across pages in poetic motion, fiction contexts and evening devotions. Send in questions or prayer requests, and we’ll walk this path together. Confident in knowing that no matter what obstacle life puts in our path, God is with us always to the end of time (Matthew 28:20).