Mother’s Day 2023

We've had a great Mother's Day weekend over here. Yesterday, the kids helped me deliver flower bouquets and chocolate chip cookies along with sleeves of ripe apple-bananas (that Ken had recently harvested from our yard!) to our neighbors in celebration of the sweet mothers on our street. Fun fact: I love arranging flowers. I used… Continue reading Mother’s Day 2023


It's been one year. One year since we visited Alaska as a family and got to introduce our younger two kids to their Daddy's homeland. This is the place where our eldest, Ruby, was born and we hadn't been back in maybe six years. (Our previous trip was an Alaskan cruise with family right after… Continue reading alaska!

Healing, like Grief, is not Linear

I sat with my anger long enough, until she told me her real name was grief." Boiling hot water poured over lemon juice with a teaspoon of local Maui honey, a cup of cozy to welcome in this chilly spring morning. My top covered in a sweater, my legs wrapped in a fleece blanket, just… Continue reading Healing, like Grief, is not Linear

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