We are just over 24-hours into a stay at home order and on day -5 of home learning. Our spring break started this gradual-but-fast lockdown and I'm so thankful we had a full week to rest, get outside, and not worry about schedules, routines, and the rest of the school year. This past week has … Continue reading Saving My Live – COVID-19 Edition
The days may be short but the months of winter are long. Here are six things I've been learning during this season. What are you learning right now?
My goal this year was to read more fiction. (I feel like this is a perpetual goal...) I love reading good fiction because it expands my worldview, makes me think about people and places I don't normally interact with, and can dig into topics and issues in creative ways that is often difficult for an essay … Continue reading Favorite Fiction for Fall
At night when we eat dinner, we like to go around the table and share "highs and lows." Something good that has happened in the day and something that wasn't so great. Elle doesn't quite understand the idea and hers often go something like, "My high was going to the zoo with mommy and Bea. … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Summer
As I learn more about the church calendar, I'm trying to be more intentional about leaning into the different seasons. I'm remembering to pause and breathe in Advent before the celebration of Christmas, to feast for Epiphany before the fasting of Lent, and to really think about what it means to be "Easter people." When … Continue reading Champagne for Breakfast
We're partway through winter, though it's hard to believe around here. Maybe the groundhog's prediction of six more weeks will mean that we'll have an actual winter? Though we've had a couple snowy days, it's been an incredibly dry and temperate couple months. While I'm not complaining during our daily walks to school, I know we'll … Continue reading Small Things That Are Big Lifesavers
It's August, which means school starts in just a couple weeks and our routine will start again. I'm thankful for this month off - we had a busy July and it was such a relief to know that I could focus on the present, to not worry about self-imposed deadlines. But, for the necessity of … Continue reading Five Things I Learned in July
Frank and I were sipping rosé with a friend this weekend and talking about genres of writing and reading. I was saying how much I love reading essays and that a goal of mine is to get better at writing longer essays. I think there's something powerful in saying something in limited space but that … Continue reading The Art of Essay
It's that time of year. January and its resolutions and catching up is over, February the longest shortest month of the year is ahead. Tax season is looming. It's a good time to stop and remember all the things that are saving my life this winter. Last year, my list included walking and the Mamaroo; … Continue reading Midwinter Lifesavers
Last year, Anne Bogel posed the question, What is saving your life right now? Taken from Barbara Brown Taylor's Leaving Church, the question is used to reframe our winter doldrums mentality to one of something more positive - more life-giving. Last year's reflection stayed with me. As the seasons changed, I wondered what new things were … Continue reading What is Saving Your Life?