Archives for November 2012


Christmas Light Wonder

Last night we drove to meet my in laws for dinner. They were up from South Carolina, visiting a treasured great aunt who is most likely drawing her last breaths here on earth. From the back seat were exclamations of “Wow. Look at those lights!” I smile at his unbridled excitement that Christmas lights bring. […]


Adoption- how do I look like you? (part 1)

“Dada? How does my face look like you? Although a couple of years ago, this conversation surfaces in my mind from time to time. I listened in from the kitchen. Our newly turned four-year wrestling in his own way with preschool conversations. My husband replied, “Well. We both have dark brown eyes.” My son eagerly […]


Thank you (Five Minute Friday)

For hours this Thanksgiving afternoon, we sat at our dining room table. The “one of my first purchases out of college” table. From This End Up. Makers of furniture sturdy and indestructible. It’s 25 years proudly show. Each scratch remembering stories. Each dent a reminder of the life we have lived. Thank you for our […]


Off Season in Hidden Valley

The chairlift sitting empty over bare land, patches of snow here and there.  Cabins and condos with darkness in their windows. No sounds of cars around. They all confirm my husband and I are vacationing in off-season of our mountain get away. Although not being used for it’s intended purpose, it invites rest and peace […]


Weekend Reflection- Rejoice, Blossom, Burst and Bloom

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Isaiah 35:1-2(a)   Be glad. Rejoice. Blossom. Burst. Bloom. Shout. Don’t these action verbs paint such a vivid picture? And not the things we would […]


End of Week Links- Writing, Love and Peru

If you have been reading my blog the last few weeks, you may have picked up that my words feel dry. No. That’s not quite it. More of an uncertainty in what direction my words want to pick up and travel to. Today is also the first day of being in the mountains. Patches of […]


Stay with me little ones

Stay. I’ve cried out to each of my six. Stay. Hold on. Willing my body to not let them go. Stay. Where is warm and inviting. Where I can nurture your life. But they’ve gone. Each time. My will,not strong enough. Over years. He expands my soul. This twisty windy path we’ve walked. He shows […]


Frost- the now and not yet

First Frost. Cold enough for the stunning crystal formation. Warm enough for it be gone in a few hours. The coming of cold enough for it to snow. The now and not yet, on the cusp of winter. I see myself as a teenager. Laying in bed in my cozy bedroom. Seeing the early frost […]

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His Word Studying Me

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 I love Scripture. I love how it is alive. I love how I can feel distant one moment and then reading engulfs me in His love and compassion and truth. Earlier this week God showed me how […]


Quiet in the Loud (Five Minute Friday)

Quiet Sometimes in a loud, noisy room, my soul is quiet. Resting. Peaceful. Sometimes in a quiet, calm room, my soul is loud. Pacing. Frantic. “In quietness and trust is your strength.” My Father reminds me of this verse. Again and again. It’s not what the world tells me is the source of strength. It’s […]


My Irish Sweater

“Mel, guess what! My dad is going to Ireland to look into exchange programs for the college. My parents said I could bring a friend- do you want to go?” My heart beat fast at the words of my friend Julie. Friends since we were ten. What 24 year Boston girl wouldn’t want to take […]


Weekend Reflection- Gladness and Joy

“They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:10 The passage that I turn to when I don’t know where to land. The passage that gives me vision. The passage that gets me so excited with how […]