One September Morning

I think my baby girl was about 6 weeks old when I first felt the itch to expand our world beyond the hammock in our backyard. While I loved snuggling my sweet newborn, I knew we needed a community. I was one of the first in our group of friends to have a baby and … Continue reading One September Morning

When You Outgrow Books You Loved

One year in high school, my best friend and I decided to take "Independent Reading Seminar." I thought this would be a good way to catch up on reading outside of class. What we didn't realize is that it was an English classed aimed at students who didn't read. The goal of the class was to … Continue reading When You Outgrow Books You Loved

Creating Space In a Crowded Week

This week has felt mentally crowded. Frank's had to work late in preparation for the tax extension deadline so bedtime has been on my own. But what's really thrown me for a loop is that Elle has decided to stop napping. Right when I thought I was going to have two mornings a week to … Continue reading Creating Space In a Crowded Week

Harvest Comes at the End of the Season

Even though we're back in school and everyone is looking forward to all things autumn and pumkiny, our garden is still in the height of harvest season. We planted our veggies at the end of May and spent most of the summer watering and watching our plants grow. We have volunteer spaghetti squash from last … Continue reading Harvest Comes at the End of the Season

The Highs and Lows of Summer

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

We Are Free to Love

My friend dropped her daughter off for a day of playing with Bea. Her daycare was on a holiday so I had agreed to host another 2-year-old for the day. After organizing snacks and lunches, my friend was about to leave when I blurted out, We just found out we're miscarrying. Timing is everything, isn't it? … Continue reading We Are Free to Love

What are Spiritual Practices Without Community?

When I was growing up, communion was served on silver trays with a pyramid of plastic cups filled with a swallow of grape juice. In the middle of the tray was a pile of small crackers. We would pass the tray down the aisle, each taking the bread and juice. We would hold the elements … Continue reading What are Spiritual Practices Without Community?

Caution Leads to Independence

On New Year's Day, we bundled up and went for an icy hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our winter here has been incredibly dry with very little snow but that week of Christmas was cold. When we got to the trailhead, old snow had iced over and we carefully set out for our mile "hike" … Continue reading Caution Leads to Independence

A Blessing for Community

On Sundays, I thought I’d highlight a blessing to start our week. Since this series ends on Tuesday, I thought I'd post a song that embodies what I've learned in this month. The Wailin' Jennys song, One Voice came to mind. For me, it's a beautiful image of how we're created to live in community. … Continue reading A Blessing for Community

Creating Safe Spaces

I recently worked through the process of writing a personal mission statement. I'm still holding the phrase close, seeing how it fits, and taking time to see areas in my life in which it's already present. One part of the phrase is that I create safe spaces. As I was talking this through, my coach and … Continue reading Creating Safe Spaces