While talking with my colleague the topic of grief came up. She mentioned how a mutual acquaintance once said something to the effect of, “one grief story is one grief story.” In other words, no two are alike. I agree, but it also highlights the loneliness of grief. No one, anywhere, can understand exactly what… Continue reading A Beautiful Life
I couldn’t have said this a year ago, but after paying close attention to my grief – not rushing through but really sitting with it – I’ve discovered that my capacity for joy has increased. I notice the little things. I find excitement in mundane tasks. Joy seems to be more present. Last week I… Continue reading Unlikely Companions
Last week I sat down one evening and read Kate Bowler’s new book Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. I didn’t get up from my chair until I was finished. And then I went downstairs and gave Brad a big hug and asked him if I could give him his Valentine’s Day… Continue reading Reasons
I Am Not
I’ve got quite a few things ruminating in my mind. In fact, after last Sunday I had a blog post in mind but didn’t make time to write it. Then, earlier this evening I listened to Rob Bell’s latest podcast, and knew what I would write about that. Little did I know what was in… Continue reading I Am Not
For the first time last year I chose one word to guide me through 2017 – gratitude. I chose that word because I knew I’d need something to balance the grief and pain I was (am) experiencing. I decided to get ahead of that a bit by choosing a word that would force me to… Continue reading Explore
2017: A Year in Review
2017. Another tough one. I have thoughts on my hopes for 2018, but before I move forward, I want to look back and reflect on what this year taught me. Side note: This took me three hours to put together! Reviewing my calendar, looking through past blog posts, scrolling through pictures... Although I touch on… Continue reading 2017: A Year in Review
I get caught off guard a lot. I should be used to it by now, but I’m not. There are moments when I am grateful for quiet mornings to myself, when I don’t have to worry about anyone but the dog and I. We can go for a walk, or not. I fix my own… Continue reading Off Guard
For many of my friends 2017 has been a hard year. For one family in particular, it was one heartbreak after another. Justin’s dad dealt with a chronic illness for many years, but earlier this year his health declined quite rapidly. In early spring he passed away. Losing his father at such a young age… Continue reading Four Quilts
I hesitated in posting this because it deals with the specific aspects of my infertility – my period, or lack thereof. I hesitated because this isn't a topic our culture talks about publicly very often (since the beginning of time across all cultures, really). Somehow periods, though completely natural and necessary for life, became dirty and… Continue reading Reminders
Solstice QAL Complete!
Last December I needed something to occupy my mind and hands. Late in the month I discovered Pat Sloan’s upcoming Solstice Quilt Along project. Each week from the winter solstice to the summer solstice she would release a quilt block. If one followed along with her asymmetrical blocks and completed the various borders, the final… Continue reading Solstice QAL Complete!