Feasts of Lights :: Letting it Shine

Feasts of Lights :: Letting it Shinefeatured

The first Monday of Advent. Ah, the crispness of book spines and new journal pages. That newness alone always adds to my anticipation for Christmas. After the hectic pace of last week, this week holds so much more promise to slow down. To step into the early sunset. To look for the dust gathered in Read more

A Happy Thanksgiving Daybook

A Happy Thanksgiving Daybookfeatured

Outside my window… snow. Last week, we had a massive lake effect dump over our area. After we dug ourselves out, the temperature did a flip flop into the 50 degree range. Everything melted; don’t worry, we will be having a white Thanksgiving anyways. Thinking about… family. We often live in different and far off Read more

Punches, Prudence, and Gratitude :: Letting it Shine

Punches, Prudence, and Gratitude :: Letting it Shinefeatured

Waking up on Dec. 6, our chickadees run downstairs pushing and shoving to find new shoes of some sort and various faith-based gifts by our fireplace with letters from the gift bringer, St. Nicholas. After we read or view the new gifts, we have a brunch together (cough, cough I hate mornings) in celebration of the Bishop of Read more

Letting it Shine:: An Advent Series on Growing in Anticipation

Letting it Shine:: An Advent Series on Growing in Anticipationfeatured

“It is a precious season. Advent summons us to fold the wings of our souls… {W}ings that are always spread and never folded in intense personal prayer, reflection, contemplation would be wings quickly spent or, perhaps, misspent.” Excerpt from Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting by Mother Mary Francis, P.P.C. Reading that Read more

Who’s the Bully Now?

Who’s the Bully Now?featured

I was looking down at my child with rivers of tears pouring from her eyes. My anger suddenly dissipated from my mind leaving only a moment of clarity: I am such a bully. I used my words to punish my children. To tear them down. The adult was acting worse than these beautiful children were! I Read more