Making Room For Love

I don't know when Mum started the tradition, but for as long as I can remember our Christmas tree stayed up for my sister and my early January birthdays. And as far as I'm concerned, there is no good reason to take the tree down sooner. No reason at all. Absolutely none. Hear me. I need the tree [...]

10 Gifts To Bring Hope

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year.  But for struggling families, Christmas can be a huge stress. I was recently asked what kind of gifts helped us during seasons of need so I thought I'd share giving ideas for families in need. We have personally experienced all of these gifts first hand and each made a huge [...]

Dull Skies and God Rays

I love Fall morning fog.  I love the slow creeping shroud of stillness.  I love the sense of mystery it brings as it forces me to change my focal point. And, most of all, I love the backdrop fog gives to glory. "God rays" are what they're called in the graphic design world.  Incredible shafts of sunlight that shoot [...]

Gift: Christmas

A few weeks before Christmas, I realized I had extremely high expectations. (Note: This is not unusual for me.  Every year I have high expectations.  It's the one holiday the US and Australia share in date and in tradition.  Christmas, for me, is an annual connection with my past with my family.  So, Christmas is really [...]

Love Christmas

Our Christmas decorations were totally packed up when the thought raced through my heart: What if I die before next Christmas?  And immediately my next thought was: I should have taken photos of the ornaments and journaled about them so my kids can know how special they all.  I did not unpack everything to take photos [...]

Failed and Loved

I had plans for today.  There is so much to do this week.  It's our first Christmas at home as a family.  We are usually with my in-laws but this year they are coming to us.  It's my first opportunity to create the Christmas of my heart.  It's the one holiday that Australia and the [...]

Oh Paper Towels

Sometimes you just need a paper towel.  Nothing else will do. We use cloth tea towels for cleaning.  We use tea towels for pretty much everything a paper towel is used for.  But every now and again, only a disposable paper towel will do. Environmentally but mostly budgetarily, paper towels are not part of our [...]

Draw Near

Sadness grips my heart and grief wraps like a too-heavy blanket. A shooter in america took the lives of children and adults. A friend's baby was still-born. A mother of small children lost her fight to cancer. Here I am, once again, forced to stare at the fragility of life and the shortness of our years. The kids are [...]