My Clothesline in a Snowstorm

  One afternoon a few months ago I was wandering down the baking aisle while grocery shopping. Some guy was standing there examining the spices, and as I walked past him – behind him, mind you – I said, “Excuse me.” He looked at me, smiled, and said, “You know, you have as much of…

20 + C + M + B + 19

When Matt and I were first married, our good friends Neil and Faith showed up at our apartment one day with a gift. It was an extra mixer they had received for a wedding present, if I remember correctly. They tried to make us guess why we were giving them a present. We had no…

The Tale of My New Planner/Promise and Purpose Despite Imperfection

This afternoon Matt and I picked the kids up from where they had spent New Year’s Eve, and as soon as I got home I looked for my new planner. I love planners. I love paper planners, to be more precise, and towards the end of every year, one of my favorite activities is researching…

The Light of the World

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined (Isaiah 9:2 NRSV). What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the…

Do Not Be Afraid

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah” (Luke 1:13 ESV). And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary” (Luke 1:30 ESV). An angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph} in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear” (Matthew 1:20 ESV) And the angel said to…

A Window Into Hope

            And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You (Psalm 39:7 NKJV). On this first Sunday morning of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. Hope is closely tied to the word advent, which derives from a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival.” On this…

Why I Celebrate Advent

Today I was surprised to read someone’s prickly remarks about Advent. Their comments watered the sacred tradition of Advent, its candles and liturgy and reflections, into the spiritual equivalent of weak tea. I was startled. And confused. But those comments led me to reflect and ask myself the question, “Why do I celebrate Advent?” I celebrate Advent…

Welcome.

As my byline on this brand new website(!) says, I have dreamed of being a writer ever since I became obsessed with Louisa May Alcott when I was in 4th grade. I am not sure how many times I had read Little Women by that point, but I know I had relived the stories of the…

hope (minus the rainbow)

This evening I was sitting at my dining room table willing Chapter 12 of Riverdale, Season 1, to load on Netflix. When one lives in the country and has used up the month’s internet allotment and it’s a crowded-bandwidth Sunday evening AND it’s cloudy and rainy, Riverdale just isn’t going to happen. So my laptop…

daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark

I haven’t blogged in awhile. A long while. I have been writing, but I haven’t known where to share what I want to say. Sometimes I have big things to say. Sometimes I have small things. I honestly really (really) didn’t want to blog. (I honestly don’t read blogs.) But I wanted a space to…