When February is Bleak and Mondays are Heavy

“Are you seriously wearing shorts today?” I ask him as he sits down for a thrown together breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast. “It’s ‘wish it were summer day’ at school.” He’s got a Hawaiian shirt on, too and I laugh as I scrub down the frying pan. It’s definitely ‘I wish it was summer…

Characters Welcome (and other tales of a hermit-prone introvert)

The city’s streets are crowded as I briskly move toward the Starbucks on the street corner, pushing myself through the biting cold. I pass people I’ve never seen, astutely clad business people beside the bedraggled homeless asking for a few bucks for their bus fare. I clip along at a quick pace, seeing these faces…

Saving Me Right Now [10 of my favorite winter hacks]

I’m never sure if I love winter or hate it, but by the time we get to February and I can’t remember the last time I was actually warm, it is time to get serious about finding things to hold me over to spring. I’m on a daily search for small, practical ways to live…

Celebrate January [What I Learned, Loved & Reads month]

In these fast paced days with a million things flying across across our paths, in these seasons of dozens of interruptions tugging at our already distracted hearts, in these months that keep turning on ahead right ahead of our eyes, I am on the search for things that keep my soul grounded and my feet…

In Favor of Fun (Why I Went to Disneyland 3 times in 6 months)

Life can get pretty serious sometimes, can’t it? Horrible news isn’t hard to find, devastation and heartache and big hard things are practically everywhere you look. It’s easy to get pulled into the dark, to be weighed down by the heaviness that is so thick around us. And it’s easy, in all this muck and…

Off the Track [how slow might be the best way to start 2017]

2017 is taking its time to get going. Or rather, I am taking my time to get going in 2017. There was this sinus infection. The third cold in four weeks and I helplessly surrendered to all the congestion and aches and racking coughs. There was no pushing through. There was only Gilmore Girls and warm…

2016 Favorites

And here we are. The last days of 2016. It doesn’t seem like it can possibly be time to reflect on another year gone by, but the pages of the 2017 calendars are fresh and ready for us to begin so before we go on forward here’s some of the favorites this year brought.  …

On the Darkest Day of the Year (Advent: Week 4)

The darkness is encroaching at all sides. I wake up to darkness, and go through the morning in darkness. Even when the light does come it is hidden by clouds. We’re in this perpetually gray season. It’s like those 65 days of not sunshine that Colorado gets have all come right in a row. The wind…

Let’s All be Overwhelmed this Christmas (Advent: Week 4)

Christmas can get messy, can’t it? Complicated, convoluted, chaotic even. Between the scheduling and shopping and travel agendas I’m over here feeling a little overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by all the details and family dynamics and how to make the most out of the week ahead. And while I’m busy staying overwhelmed by all the crazy –…

Shepherds and Mangers and Feeling Enough (Advent: Week 3)

Most days I go to bed feeling like I haven’t accomplished enough. I didn’t produce enough. I didn’t work enough, put enough effort in, exercise enough, clean enough, serve enough, do enough. I hold up a yard stick up to my day and measure what I’ve done, and it keeps coming up small. I sigh,…

To all the Weary Souls This December (Advent: Week 3)

It is dark when I wake up. The Christmas tree glowing gives light to my way as I stumble from bed into the morning. I pull a lighter out from a drawer and flick it on. One candle is lit. Joy. Another flickers. Rejoice. A third flame joins, casting dancing shadows. Light spreads and with…