On Priorities & Peace

On Priorities & Peace

The Christmas tree still stands in the living room corner because parting with the lights is an annual struggle. But I completed a simple year-end reflection, welcomed the new year by going to bed at 10pm, and have since been thinking about goals and resets and not confusing fresh vision with what I perceive to be the ideal version [...]

On Time & Mystery

On Time & Mystery

Maternity leave is a weird time to start something new (for obvious reasons). So is the month of December, with all her festivity and glow. But there comes a point when you realize that, actually, there is no good time, and if you don’t step into the thing now, you might not ever. – Amelia came [...]

Thin Places

Thin Places

A curving road bends with the shape of the river, and two minutes on its course and you feel apart from the city, all her rush left behind. Five point five miles worth of towering trees lush with late summer, plowed fields with pockets of rainwater, and occasional groupings of mailboxes and horses, and the [...]

Working Draft

Working Draft

The library wanted their book back. I maxed out the number of renewals allowed (three) and was acutely aware of how many pages I had yet to read (too many to finish without a marathon reading session). So I did what I had to do, stayed in my pajamas, and read. Everyone Brave is Forgiven captured [...]

Recovering Dependence

I watched my 2.5-year-old niece try to poke the straw into the juice pouch, in equal parts clumsiness and determination. Despite multiple asks on my end - "Nora, can I help you with that?" - her eyes stayed fixed on that stubborn yellow straw held tight between her little fist, prodding, slipping, bending. This is [...]

Returning & Resting

Returning & Resting

This Lent, I'm following along with She Reads Truth's study of Isaiah. The opening paragraph of commentary reads: "During Lent, Christians traditionally meditate on Scriptures that point us to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we see our desperate need for salvation through the lens of a cross and an empty tomb, [...]