Two-sided living

Brain things

So much to celebrate, so much to mourn. Here’s something I’ve been formulating this week, still in embryo stage. *** What does growth look like from up above? Oh look look! A wisp of green A sprout, a shoot! Twin baby petals, lushly dainty Unfolding miracle Pulsing life And the color! The radiant, vibrant, thirst-quenching […]

June 1, 2012

One thousand gifts in a single day

Life around home

Bluest of skies, perfect temperature My brand new clothesline, quickly revolutionizing the way I feel about laundry The heavenly smell of fresh-crusty, sun-baked clothes Four puffs of gray velvet, old enough now to spit fire at me from their little red mouths and big blue eyes Two boys living outside, digging dirt, building forts, riding […]

May 21, 2012

Learning about dissonance

Walking with Jesus

Confession: Tulips are my favorite flower, at least in the spring. I love their shape and I wish my life were all yellow but it’s not. There has to be that d-rn red one in there, the one that shouts at you when you want to look at the rest. Sickness. Depression. Failure. My sister […]

April 24, 2012

Spring! Part 2

Celebrations, Growing stuff

Confession: God has been so good to us. A year ago I was packing boxes, preparing for our first move of three in eight months. I was dreaming of living in The Gray House someday, but felt like Abraham beginning a journey-with-an-unknown-destination. I put a time capsule note on the bottom of one of the […]

April 22, 2012


Growing stuff

Confession: I love growing things. One of my happiest jobs was working in a greenhouse for parts of many summers as a child and teenager. I still don’t know much about plants, but I love having my hands in good rich dirt. There is something magic about those first green leaves! Current Project 1: My […]

April 20, 2012

On gentry and peasants

Brain things, Growing stuff

Confession: I am interested in at least 5,302 projects that I don’t know anything about. And I am impatient with my inability to be and do everything I want to. Last November God blessed us with an incredible property—a big gray house, a couple of creeks, and ten acres of land, part wooded and part […]

April 16, 2012