For Zechariah and Elizabeth of Luke 1, they had had so many years go by that were just like the ones before. Their lives had assumed a rhythm of normalcy that they had embraced. I’m sure they had long ago accepted that there would be no children to grace their home, although the shame and… Continue reading What if this is the Year Where Everything Changes? And What if it’s Not?
Right before Thanksgiving, I saw a post on social media by someone who said they were going to have a laid-back kind of Thanksgiving this year, meaning they weren’t going to be doing a huge meal. I understand that some years, life is overwhelming, and the thought of preparing a lot of food and doing… Continue reading A Case for Feasting
Do you ever get tired of the waiting? The exhaustion of holding on to faith when fear seems so much closer? The pain of wanting never giving way to fulfilment? The ache of the same thing day after day when you long for it to change? Is it hard not to grow cynical? To not… Continue reading When You’re Tired of the Waiting this Christmas
In just one more day, the calendar says I’ll be 34 years old. What an insignificant age, I told my mom. Nothing too special about it. She smiled and said, “I was 34 when I had you.” Can you imagine if I had six children right now, the oldest of whom was 14 years old?… Continue reading Be Brave, 34. You Have a Mission to Accomplish.
I have a set of pictures taken one Thanksgiving in my early 20s. It was shortly after I had gotten a new camera, so I was taking pictures of everything. While I was playing Scrabble with the family, I took pictures of my mom, my dad, my brother, the Scrabble board, and then myself. I… Continue reading Embracing the Holidays with the Family You Have
It sprang on me suddenly – This unexpected ache for Little arms twined about my neck And a sweet, childish voice calling me Mama. It came to me from that dream – That rush of love and peace From wrapping a small one In my arms – His unexpected affection Melting away the ever-present… Continue reading A Lament for Those Who Hold No Child in Their Arms
Last year, I found this picture on Pinterest and shared it on Facebook, asking whimsically who might want to go away to a winter cabin with me. Many people were in favor of the idea, and I got to thinking about what a cozy winter hibernation would look like – and this fanciful little dream… Continue reading The Winter Hibernation Dream
By this point, I have written enough posts about the difficulties of being single and doing life on my own that you readers know how intimately acquainted I am with it. And yet, this is not a full picture of what regular life is like for me as a single woman. Even in the loneliness,… Continue reading The Art & Beauty of Living Alone
“You know what?” she whispered to him. “I just love being near you, even if we’re just working side by side and not talking.” Don’t we all long for the person who brings our souls comfort? Isn’t it the loveliest to have someone who is familiar with us and all our rhythms? The one with… Continue reading Let Me Be Your Witness: A Love Story of Growing Old Together
The other night, I started thinking about the decade of the 20s and how important they are in a person’s life. I look back on my 20s as the most formative years in my life. My 20s may have looked different than some of my friends, but the things I learned about myself and what… Continue reading 30+ Things to Know & Experience Before You’re 30