Starbucks, Birthdays, And The Gift Of Wrinkles.

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I had to be there early, or not at all. It's the way it happens when there are more drivers than cars and everyone needs to be somewhere at the same time. So I ask to be dropped off, and I'll worry about the getting home later. I like driving with my son. I love his confidence and company. He lets me out at the Starbucks door and I tell him I love him as I merge with the morning crowd who are just starting the day and in desperate need of coffee.  I order green tea and find a table that … [Continue reading]

Painted Stones; When Grace and Love Need a Voice

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Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Its been quiet here the last couple of weeks. If you have needed a silent place to sit and think, this has been the one. I've often wished I could be more like other writers I know. When faced with difficult or stressful moments and days, they write it all down. Their wrestling drives them to pour out their hearts on the page. My fingers tend to freeze … [Continue reading]

Diamonds and Light: An Amazing Lost and Found Story

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I watch the light making patterns on the ceiling while I type. It's the diamond, catching the light. It's not a big stone, but it makes the light dance wild. It's a reminder of love. I remember the day so clearly, we took a bus down town from our college to the jewellers. We were crazy in love, and couldn't wait to make it official.  There is a school of thought that says you shouldn't wear diamond rings all the time. They should be kept in a drawer at night and only worn when you know … [Continue reading]

In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion: Being Brave

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The saying goes, "If March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion." The sayings for April are all about rain and flowers, but what if March refuses to let go? The calendar says April, but there is foot of cold and snow outside the door.  Sometimes, it happens. The season's meant to change but it lingers on for a bit, and while we know it's a possibility, we try and pretend it won't, because who likes to sit in the middle of flurries when we could be walking in spring grass? The … [Continue reading]

Why I Buy Purple Tulips and What Love Did.

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On Sunday, I bought purple tulips for the start of holy week. It's a tradition that's only mine and just two years in the making. It was the colour that made me stop the first time. A royal colour so deep and rich I caught my breath at all the beauty. They reminded me. A royal colour for a king who came to die.   I was away last week, spending spring break with the best husband in his home state of Maryland. We took time to relax. Intentional rest, it was wonderful. And for two … [Continue reading]

The Full Weight of Judgement, Grace, and Amazing Love

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It feels like it may be time to put the clothesline up again. The wind is warm and blowing crazy and the birds are deliriously happy with the seed I put out in the feeder. It feels like an early Spring, and you can almost hear a collective breath holding, hoping and waiting.   Last week was quiet here. Sometimes, there are no words when I need them. I found myself flat out under the full weight of someone's judgement of me, of my family.  At first, I laid there, wrestling with … [Continue reading]