Giving Thanks

This time of year – up to our ears in holidays and such – makes one reflect of the many blessings of life. Or it should anyway. All through November, I kept track of the small graces and huge gifts given us.  There was so much to be thankful for (I still...

Friends

Throughout the spring, I made lists in my head of things Sabine would need for college. Extra long twin sheets, laundry basket, coat, Ramen . . . Practical things, to be sure, but always, ALWAYS the list began and ended with FRIENDS. *** I would not have stayed or...

What Love Looks Like

  Our table is the center of all activity in our house.  It is hard at work from the moment the kids wake up (Breakfast is always the first order of business of the day for them.  Even before the bathroom.) to the minute we turn off the lights to head to bed and...

Attitude Check

This week was rough.  Not in a dramatic sort of way but just how it is when the kids have colds and the to-do lists incite panic (Oh hello, Third Trimester Nesting! Good to see you again!) and I’m not the mom I could be. It came to a head last night when Jac...

Starting Over

It is Lent. Oh, is it Lent! What I wouldn’t give for a good old fashioned hair shirt with some bread and water on the side.  Predictable.  Bland.  Controlled. I know there was nothing of the predictable in Christ’s 40 days in the desert.  It was the...

Fourteen

Jac, This weekend on retreat I watched you playing guitar and heard that voice that I fell in love with 14 years ago.  Butterflies fluttered around inside me even as I held a squirming Gemma and attempted to corral a wily Ellie.  I was flooded with love and joy and...