{Five Minute Friday} -Slow

My mother used to use the phrase "Slower than molasses, climbing uphill in January." She was referring to my ability to finish a task I didn't want to do. But I like slow.  I like the early morning waking when there isn't a litany of to-do's ahead of me. I love the slow creak of the swing on a sultry summer night. There is something soothing about the slow boil of soup on the stove and time to sit, read, talk and listen as an evening slips slowly by. There is value in slow  I'm … [Continue reading]

When You Need A Reminder

They're sitting quietly in the back of the van, which is unusual for six and nine year old boys. I take the quiet moment and use it to talk because we have things we need to discuss. I tell these sweet boys, we need to come up with a plan for our after-school time. The last two days have been too full of crazy, and they need a reminder. I love our time together, it's a good, fun, safe time. But, it is neither fun nor safe to argue, fight and hurt each other. When I ask them if they agree, … [Continue reading]

Walmart On A Saturday And Weaving Hope

On any given day Walmart is a bustling hub for shoppers, and especially on Saturdays. But the oil in the van needs to be changed. The mechanic behind the counter squints at the clock and tells us it will be at least an hour. Something about another employee on his break and the timing of these things. I don't really listen to the whole conversation. The most important part of it has already been spoken. I have one hour to wander the store.   I'm here because my favorite grocery app … [Continue reading]

Celebrating Big And Small And Why It’s Important

Sunday was the celebration of Chinese New Year. No matter how many DNA tests I agreed to, none of them would put me anywhere close to having an Asian heritage. But I still wanted to celebrate. Why? Because it happens every January. And joining in with others to celebrate is fun even if its not really my celebration. Around here its also the way to mark the end of January, a step closer to Spring. It's a  little bit of time carved out on the daily path to do something fun, to brighten the … [Continue reading]

Wading In On Writing, Waiting And Being

I've been trying to write. For more than a month I have started and stopped, and stopped altogether. It has been a gradual slowing down or drying up  for almost a year.  We prepped for Christmas, celebrated Advent and rang in a brand new year. And all the while I was wondering if it was finished, this season of writing here in this place. I know its like that sometimes. We have seasons in our lives that hold us tight in good and beautiful things and then release us into something … [Continue reading]

On Thankfulness, Advent And Planting Hope

I planted tulip bulbs, just last week. It was a crazy, just-warm-enough, day. I brushed aside the fallen leaves and dug holes for them, the little brown, gnarly looking bundles of life. I marveled at the thought of covering them up, patting down the dirt and then waiting with expectation. I whispered to the wind, "This God we love is wildly creative, to speak into order a rhythm of life."   The wonder of flowers that will struggle to break the earth after sitting in the dark, frozen ground … [Continue reading]