Advent Stories, Part 4

Hello friends! Here is my 4th and final installment of the writing challenge hosted by my friend, Rachel. I’m late in posting because we spent the last week visiting family in Montana to celebrate Christmas. This part concludes the short story of Jon and Hope. The prompt: Love. Hope watched the road from the bigContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 4”

Christmas Traditions: Songs

I am a stickler for waiting for Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. My daughter, on the other hand, could play it year round if I would let her. My favorites include all those classic Christmas tunes: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and Karen Carpenter’s velvet tones. There’s even a great non-traditional song by Trisha Yearwood thatContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Songs”

Christmas Traditions: Food

This weekend, we will bake. Food is a favorite way to celebrate and mark traditions around here. In a year when many other traditional ways we would celebrate aren’t possible, we are holding tightly to this one. There will be literal piles of cookies in my kitchen. It makes me happy just thinking about it.Continue reading “Christmas Traditions: Food”

{Something Borrowed, Something Blue}

My husband wrote this last Saturday after they’d left for their honeymoon: “The bridge at Bowl & Pitcher has become a well-traveled part of the fabric our family history with countless trail runs beginning here. Today, before walking Bethany Meek across this bridge to present her to her groom we stopped so we could snapContinue reading “{Something Borrowed, Something Blue}”

{On Birthdays and Anniversaries: July Edition}

July is a slower month for us in a lot of ways… warm days of soaking up the sun, long summer evenings gazing into the backyard fire, slower mornings and general laziness descends upon us. It’s also slower when it comes to celebrations… We seem to frontload our year with birthdays, and then around MayContinue reading “{On Birthdays and Anniversaries: July Edition}”

Stones of Remembrance

Stories are my favorite. I especially love family stories. I love to tell them, and I love to hear them. I think that’s most likely the main reason that my novel (which I’m currently in the process of editing) incorporates some of the stories of my family that have been passed down to me. AsContinue reading “Stones of Remembrance”

The 4th of July Isn’t Cancelled: 6 ways to cultivate traditions during a crisis

I have always loved the 4th of July.  I could name a myriad of reasons: BBQs, family time, patriotic music, fireworks, the fact that it’s a summertime holiday.  There are certain things about the way my family has celebrated the 4th over the years that simply speak to my soul.  I love the togetherness IContinue reading “The 4th of July Isn’t Cancelled: 6 ways to cultivate traditions during a crisis”

{Around the Kitchen Table}

This post was originally published on my family blog on Monday, October 17, 2016.  I loved it, though, and wanted to share it over here on this space, to share some of my writing, as well as a little part of me and things that are important to me.  I hope you enjoy it! I’veContinue reading “{Around the Kitchen Table}”