Rhythms: Practicing a November Pause

Do you ever feel like the minutes of the day move by at a snail’s pace, but then look at the calendar and realize it’s already time to turn another page or prepare for another change of season? If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. But while it sometimes feels that time is passing byContinue reading “Rhythms: Practicing a November Pause”

Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change

I still remember the first year that my aunt and uncle decided not to come home for Christmas. Up to that point in my young life, Christmas had always revolved around Grandma’s house, and there was no reason in my mind why it should change. Until it did. Christmas seemed smaller that year, and IContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change”

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: Decorating

This Nativity set once belonged to my Grandma. Now it belongs to my son. As children, both my son and I would play with it, rearranging it on the sideboard and retelling the Christmas story (sometimes adding a few characters). Storytellers are we. Around here, we’re usually sticklers for doing all of our Christmas decoratingContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Decorating”

The Plum Tree: A Writing Wednesday Poem

It’s #writingwednesday!! I’m so excited to share this poem with you today. The inspiration for it happened while I was on a neighborhood run late last week. Enjoy! The Plum Tree When I was on a run today I ran by the plum tree You know the one that In Spring smells like hope andContinue reading “The Plum Tree: A Writing Wednesday Poem”

{Writing Wednesday: Thoughts on Savoring This Season}

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a #writingwednesday, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my mind. Finding the routine of school again after so many months of it looking vastly different has been good, but it’s also been challenging. Speaking of challenging, today’s post is about a reflection prompt that I foundContinue reading “{Writing Wednesday: Thoughts on Savoring This Season}”

The Legacy Maker’s Manifesto

Happy #writingwednesday, friends! Today I’m sharing something that’s been resonating in my heart for a long time, but that I’ve only recently been able to put words to. It’s called The Legacy Maker’s Manifesto, and it speaks to so much of why I do what I do, and what so much of my writing isContinue reading “The Legacy Maker’s Manifesto”

{Writing Wednesday: Writing Update}

  Welcome to #writingwednesday! If you’re new around here, Writing Wednesday is a space where I share bits of my writing, my process, and what’s currently happening with me and my writing endeavors. Today I’ll be sharing where I’m at in the process and where I hope I’m going. Many of you know that I’veContinue reading “{Writing Wednesday: Writing Update}”

{REMEMBER}

My son’s cap and gown arrived over the weekend. Another reminder of all that this Spring season should have been, and won’t be. I find myself in a strange place where hope and grief co-mingle, intertwined with each other as if one. Hope: the long, slow process of reopening has begun.  Certain restrictions are beingContinue reading “{REMEMBER}”

{Courage}

My Bible reading plan had me at the beginning of the book of Joshua when the Covid-19 restrictions began.  The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”  Over and over again, setting the tone for the whole book, the Lord says, “Be strong and courageous.” When my daughter’s Irish dance events began to beContinue reading “{Courage}”