A normal winter morning. I was probably supposed to be sweeping the kitchen floor or doing my math at the table, but I paused when a flash of red caught the corner of my eye.… More
Here’s the thing. I’ve listened to the audio unabridged Little Women so many times that I feel a certain ownership, almost as if I wrote it myself. So if I sound a little possessive of the characters in my review of the 2019 adaption, that is why! I humbly consider myself to be rather an expert on the subject of the March family.Continue reading “Review: Little Women”
I have a Christmas story for you. It’s about how I lost my Christmas ornaments two years ago due to some false expectations about my future . . . but I found a reminder to worship.
I’m not posting the story on my blog right now — I’m just sending it to my email list. I invite you to enter your email address over on the right side bar (even if you are already a follower, you’ll still see an option to enter your email if you haven’t already).
Merry Christmas, friends!
PS. If you still didn’t get the story this weekend and you want to read it, contact me and I’ll send it to you!
“Guess what? There’s supposed to be a snowstorm this weekend! Isn’t it wonderful?”
My sister’s eyes danced with thoughts of snowmen, eggnog lattes, flurries on eyelashes, and fresh powder on the ski hill.
I groaned. “But what about the roads?”Continue reading “Frozen Road Fear”
Throughout our engagement, we searched for a house. A charming, stand-alone house to rent. We thought a house would be safer and more beautiful than an apartment.Continue reading “Our Apartment Apprehension”
A few years ago my college friend called me and said, “Hey! My sisters and I are planning a trip to Prince Edward Island this summer. You know, Anne of Green Gables? Want to come?”
This was an invitation I couldn’t resist.
1. Bring Bosom Friends
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
2. Bring a Credit Card
- sea glass jewelry shops
- docks with seagulls and washed up starfish
- seafood restaurants
- a little Baptist church and old theater
- the Maroon Pig Bakery (which we frequented daily)
3. Bring a Hopeless Amount of Optimism
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
On day three of our trip, we were were still stranded. The four of us meandered into an old house with a sign on the door that said, “Museum: open by chance or by appointment.” It belonged to one of the only two teachers in the town. She owned a massive amount of heirlooms and a huge heart of compassion.
4. Don’t Bring Expectations to See Gilbert
“…far up under the maples of Lover’s Lane Anne stood under the willows, tasting the poignant sweetness of life…”
–Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“Look at that sea, girls..we couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” –L. M. Montgomery
5. Bring a Big Imagination
“You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.”
I’ve desired to write before I could spell. It amused me as a child, became a ministry as a teenager, and helped pay for education as a college student.
Writing has always been a big part of my identity, passion, and learning (because I was not born good at it!).
But I’m shy about it.Continue reading “Why Are We Shy About Our Gifts?”
I’ll never forget the day my mom put out a fire.
She was cooking something on the stove while several of my siblings, one of my grandmas, and I were milling about the kitchen.
Suddenly flames towered around the frying pan.Continue reading “Cooking with Courage”