Habits I’m Keeping for the New Year

Our year started out wobbly. We all got sick and have passed around a terrible cold that's going on three weeks. We've canceled plans, hunkered down, and lived on a soup diet. While our routines have been off, I've been thankful for habits I've formed over the past year or so. While the new year … Continue reading Habits I’m Keeping for the New Year

Starting the Year Without a Guide

Last week, Frank and I were sitting at the chef's table at one of our favorite restaurants, watching pizzas being thrown together, Brussel's sprouts slung in and out of the deep fryer, and zesty cannoli shells filled and plated for desserts. Our backs were to the rest of the diners and we were able to … Continue reading Starting the Year Without a Guide

One Word: Threshold

Maybe it was early last year when the word threshold first came across my radar. My brother and I were chatting about life and that feeling that, when looking back on this particular season there will be a sense of, Oh! That's when it all happened! You don't see it at the moment, only in hindsight. Months later, a friend … Continue reading One Word: Threshold

Gathering Fragments of a Mosaic

It's been quiet around here the past couple of months. I think I haven't acknowledged the toll on my own emotions, energy levels, and creativity the past two months have taken. It's easy to say that there are seasons of productivity and seasons of rest but in the midst of dormancy, it's hard to remember … Continue reading Gathering Fragments of a Mosaic

Setting Goals as an Act of Hope

A new year means new motivation for projects and goals, right? Ringing in the new year in the dead of winter seems a bit counterintuitive. We've put most of the Christmas decorations away - we'll save the lights for after Epiphany tomorrow. We're still on Winter Break from school so our schedule is wonderfully relaxed … Continue reading Setting Goals as an Act of Hope

One Word: Lean In

I wasn't going to pick just one word to define 2018. This will be my fourth year using a single word to guide my year and I just wasn't connecting with anything in particular. But as I reflected on this year of capacity and all the unexpected ways in which it has played out, I realized … Continue reading One Word: Lean In

One Word: Capacity

Last weekend, some plans changed and Frank and I found ourselves already dressed and packed for snowshoeing with a babysitter booked for the day. After the smallest of seconds of wondering if we should cancel, we decided to continue on. Instead of the planned hike, we decided to revisit the trail where we first met, … Continue reading One Word: Capacity

Beginning in the Middle

School started on Monday. Even though we're still in August and September has the potential to be hot, the past week has been beautiful - low 80's, nights into the 50's. Windows open; Option of wearing jeans; Glimpses of autumn coming. Our first day was a bit crazy. Lunches needed to be packed. I had … Continue reading Beginning in the Middle

One Word: Grace

My name means "grace" and I've always thought this was inaccurate. Growing up, I perpetually had bruises from playing and, as an adult, from working among the shin-height desks and chairs of second graders. When I was 8 months pregnant, we were walking around our neighborhood park. I was looking at a newly constructed house … Continue reading One Word: Grace