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A travel mug of coffee in the great outdoors

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” – Mary Oliver I woke early yesterday. Before the other three were awake I poured coffee into my tall Starbucks travel mug and stepped out the door to… Continue reading A travel mug of coffee in the great outdoors

Christianity · Cooking · Creativity · Faith · Family · motherhood · Parenting

Inside the Painter’s house

I stand in my kitchen preparing a berry crumble for that night’s dessert. I’ve settled the boys in their beds for nap time. Outside a painter is working on the front of our house. With a small paint brush he makes strokes up and down on the brown cedar shingles, turning them a lovely shade… Continue reading Inside the Painter’s house

Christianity · Creativity · Faith · Kids · Mindfulness · motherhood

Sunsets, Oceans and Change

Sunset She dances across the horizon Everything she touches turns to beauty She weaves her story in threads of pink, orange, And flaming red The sky, her lover, becomes wrapped in her Melts into her But then How quickly and silently she slips away And I am left to wonder Was it all just a… Continue reading Sunsets, Oceans and Change

Friendship · Mental health · Mindfulness

“We are good people before we ever write a word”

Writers get confused. We think writing gives us an excuse for being alive. We forget that being alive is unconditional and that life and writing are two separate entities. Often we use writing as a way to receive notice, attention, love. “See what I wrote. I must be a good person.” We are good people… Continue reading “We are good people before we ever write a word”

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Slowing down is a battle worth fighting

“Please slow down. We love our children.” These words are bold white, planted on yards around my neighbourhood, reminding drivers to watch their speed. These words are more than this for me. “Please slow down”. They are the words constantly tugging at me. All the time. Everything in my life tells me to slow down. And when… Continue reading Slowing down is a battle worth fighting

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When the Beast of Dullness Strikes, Turn To Beauty.

Sometimes we just need a taste of real beauty. I think it is very important to look for happiness in the small moments of our lives, like a good laugh with your spouse, a new word spoken by your child, a clothesline of clean laundry. But I’m also reminded of the power in experiencing something… Continue reading When the Beast of Dullness Strikes, Turn To Beauty.