Yearly Archives: 2018

Snapshot

Sunshine is spilling in from the glass on our balcony door and splashing warmth all over our white frayed comforter.

It’s making Saturday feel special.

This is extra sweet because weekends started to feel a little bit different, still good just changed, after my husband signed on for full-time ministry three years ago.

While he does still have a Sabbath day, the responsibility on Sunday kind of looms over it. Everyone has this feeling. Monday looms over Sunday for most people. Our looming days are just switched up now. I’m learning how to embrace and enjoy the current moment, without looking too far ahead and allowing the loom to tinge things. That’s hard for me.

The kids have gone off to school for their learning this year, and so they mostly miss their father’s full day of rest, and we’re still trying to work this out somehow. It’s one of the things that keeps my heart heavy for homeschooling. Just one of the things. There are more. But gosh, they have grown and thrived in their classrooms this year and for that I am grateful.

My preacher husband was out of the country this past week, so having him wake up next to me today, along with the sunshine pouring in all over the place, is making me happy and thankful.

My mom, who flew in from Texas to tend to us while Daddy was gone, will wing her way back to the Lonestar state today too. So there’s a mix of emotions but still, I’m feeling pleased.

There are clean clothes piled all over my sitting chair in the corner of our bedroom, washed lovingly by my Mom.

A laundry basket of unmatched socks is sitting on the ottoman.

My Target robe is slouched over the top of our bedpost.

Books line my bedside table.

Dust, oh the Tennessee valley dust, needs to be removed from the corners of this room, but for now it sits.

A fan hums over by the far wall, because I don’t know how anyone can sleep without the sound of air being sliced into wind.

A half-emptied suitcase is laying on the floor, right next to a Gap bag with new shorts in it.

I can hear the murmurings of three children downstairs busting open their Saturday.

I need to make my way down there to join them.

But I just wanted to hop on here, for about half an hour, and share whatever came up. It keeps me going.

So listen, I hope your Saturday is filled with a few little happy surprises that bring you joy, peace, and thankful feelings. Try to rest. Read something good. Go underline something in the Gospels. Write a note to somebody. Clean out a drawer or two. Visit with a neighbor over the fence. Go for a walk. Let the dishes sit in the sink a while. Plant something beautiful. Hike a mountain or bike a trail. Just sit. Do something that fills you. 

You’re loved and valued and I’m grateful you popped in today for just a little snapshot. Back soon. Hugs to everyone.

An Early Easter

My feet were the first to hit the floor this morning. Rare, for a Sunday. When your husband is your preacher, he’s usually the one who rises earliest on the first day of the week for prep, inspiration, work. But today, I wanted to be the first one up and moving, up and looking for Him. One of my favorite… Read more →

A Special Saturday

I’ve heard it said that the Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday, is in the ellipsis. In the (…) if you will. A story has been started, and there is most certainly an ending, we just haven’t gotten to it yet. We’re in the in-between. Things feel up in the air, doubtful, heavy. Yet, they also feel hopeful. There’s… Read more →

The Story

I feel like I go around saving everyone else’s belongings from rain, trashcans, thieves, puppies, lawn mowers, and black holes. I feel like a large portion of what I do here in the home is protect my people’s hearts, and things and treasures. And so won’t you know the one time I leave my own beloved stack of books outside… Read more →

Christ and Community

I’ve met with all manner of people this week and I feel like it’s saved me. I ate lunch with a friend this very day and I left full, and glad, and high on trusted friendship. She ordered a veggie pizza and gave me a piece, and now I want a whole one for myself. Thank you for the new… Read more →

Art, Worship, and Jesus

I walked my dog this morning while the dew was still on the grass blades. Though the roses aren’t in bloom yet, that old hymn came to mind, the one that reads like a story, a testimony. Even if you’re familiar with the verses, don’t skip the reading of it. These words remind you who your Savior is. I come… Read more →

Ironing and Hearing

My MawMaw Louise used to iron underwear. Not always, but if she ended up with the time she would iron under garments, and towels too. I remember her scooting around my grandparents house. She was my PawPaw’s mother, making her my paternal great-grandmother. She didn’t have toes on one foot due to cancer, and her bedroom was always the neatest,… Read more →

Before You

There are lilies on my table. They’re sitting in a tall glass vase on top of a refurbished European plank of wood. They aren’t all opened up on display just yet, but by the end of the week they will look like trumpets, heralding in a risen Savior. I need reminders like this. I need symbols, and music, and quotes,… Read more →

Palm Sunday, and Prayer

Holy Week is here and I want to make something of it. I want to read about it, talk about it, share it, undo it, and tie it up on my insides. In our house this week, amongst squirmy bottoms in dining chairs, and spatting siblings, and long evenings, and much on the agenda – I want to weave Jesus… Read more →

The Remembering

A few weeks back, standing in the kitchen after an unravel, the youngest walked up from behind me without my knowing it. Sensing my overwhelm, in his best kindergarten lisp he said to me … “Mommy, you can write.”  “You can write! Go write! You can go write, right now!” He said it with his eyes wide and gleaming, like… Read more →