on endurance of heart
“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit We’re nearing the final days of May, a little shocking for me since this month has been so atypically cool and
on childbirth and miracles
There is a moment during childbirth where you no longer care what is happening in a room, who is staring or what they might think of the gaping parts of your body. Your attention is
learning patience
There’s a large hole in the window screen just over our kitchen sink. Inside it, two tiny wrens are building their nest, their secret. All day, they pop in and out of that hole, one
light for the dark season
The world is dark, and light is precious. Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux For all of us, there are life seasons that feel bright and effortless. We move through our days with sun-kissed hearts, alive
on releasing stress and anxiety
Although you might not always see or read about it here, our family has endured quite a few hardships the last few years, the sort that have worn down our bodies and drawn out our
with my eyes open
Belief isn’t always easy. But this much I have learned, if not enough else— to live with my eyes open. I know what everyone wants is a miracle. Mary Oliver, “In the Storm” Belief isn’t
for the soul
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? {Matthew 16} Some days my soul feels stretched like dough, enlarged and translucent,
it is well
Each year, August seems to be one of the harder months around here. The long days grow hotter, keeping us indoors more. I also tend to be more preoccupied with lists of projects to complete
“This is not our home,” Mark told the kids, pointing to the house we’d lived in the last seven years — the only house they have known or remember. It was Thanksgiving weekend last year,