Ash Wednesday and the Start of Lent

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” - C.S. Lewis in his letter to Father Peter Bide on April 29, 1959 It's just past 3am as I sit ever so upright on our cool leather couch, checking… Continue reading Ash Wednesday and the Start of Lent

The Uses of Sorrow

(In my sleep I dreamed this poem) Someone I loved once gave mea box full of darkness. It took me years to understandthat this, too, was a gift. - Mary Oliver, "The Uses of Sorrow" This is one of my favorite poems. It's been an old friend the past decade plus. It comes from Mary… Continue reading The Uses of Sorrow

valentines surprise

After a morning at church yesterday followed by leftovers for lunch, cleaning out the car, then sorting and folding loads of laundry and washing all the dishes that had piled up, I asked Ken to take the kids outside to play while I secretly prepared a little afternoon valentine's party for them. First, I set… Continue reading valentines surprise

Mommy-Daughter Trip to San Diego

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take my eldest daughter to San Diego for the weekend. It was so special, just the two of us on a big adventure over the ocean. We had such a blast visiting my best friend and college roommate (all four years of college), Elyse! Elyse is… Continue reading Mommy-Daughter Trip to San Diego

Homebuilding as Sacred

A strong cold wind whips through our tiny grove of apple banana trees. I hear leaves twisting and slapping together just outside our screen door. I can taste the salty air as it rises up from lapping waves along the north shore. The sun slowly breaks through the clouds to reveal sloppy stretches of mud… Continue reading Homebuilding as Sacred