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Faith, Family, Homeschooling, Love, Marriage, Poetry

Support System

Turbulence shakes his balance, and his hand flashes for steadying, something sure, like a seatback, but my shoulder, curved and strong too, will do. Never turning or noticing the feel…

Family, Freeze Frame, Love, Mothering Prayer

Honor

She calls me the other day, wondering if there is anything I need at the grocery store and I ask for 4 cans of blueberry pie filling, dishwasher detergent, (the…

Joy, Love, Marriage

Best Beauty Tip Proven …

To the dentist today… and thinking more on the Best Beauty Tip… Smile: Happier Marriage “Another study, by Dacher Keltner, correlated the smiles that female graduates displayed in two yearbooks…

Eucharistic Living, Freeze Frame, Love

Of Faces and Shadows

I stand at the window, rapt. A luminous globe catches in the top branches of the spruce right outside the window and spills her light, cold and milky white, over…

Freeze Frame, Gift List, Gratitude, Love

Love Notes

The Gift List continues… and I tip toe slowly… not wanting it to end. Must it? The earth is filled with Your love, O LordTeach me Your decrees… ~Ps. 119:64…

Freeze Frame, Love

Never too Late

It’s never too late for cold hearts to warm… It was just doughnuts and hot chocolate. But I, sadly, hadn’t even thought of it. Until I arrived at the home…

Children, Freeze Frame, Love

Where to Go when it’s all wrong…

From the archives… a thought I keep revisiting… In the still before night ebbs away into morning light, a whimper, soft and muffled, comes and nudges me out of slumber….

Family, Gratitude, Love

The Order of Love

Love is patient… Yet love can only be patient when it is first grateful… And it can only be grateful when it remembers: There are no emergencies There are all,…

Bible Reading, Joy, Listening, Love, TDJ

Word Melts

Part of this week’s prayerful focus on Listening to God “He showers down snow, white as wool,and sprinkles hoar-frost thick as ashes;crystals of ice he scatters like breadcrumbs; He utters…

Children, Christmas, Love, Quotes

A Story for the Sixth Day of Christmas

A short story by Leo Tolstoy… gather the children around. Read long and thoughtfully… and be deeply moved. “In a certain town there lived a cobbler, Martin Avdéitch by name….

Freeze Frame, Joy, Listening, Love, Restoring Wonder

Hearing

Today, snuggled with fevered, sick little one under love-blanket from dear friend, toy basket close at hand, we looked up and just quietly watched the snow fall…and fall… and fall……

Homeschooling, Love, Mothering Prayer, Quotes

Heart Habits

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” ~Peter Ustinov Father? Would my family say that a tender look is a habit of mine?…

Gratitude, Joy, Love, Prayer, Spiritual Disciplines, TSE

A Life Roadmap

Remember The Question? ~from Mary Oliver’s Summer Day from a Poem a Day for American High Schools : “Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild…

Children, Family, Love, WFMW

Retuning Relationships

It had been a long day, with a few jarred hearts and some soul-bruising. His young frame filled the doorway. (When did that happen?) “Wanna play this game with me?…