on relationships and christmas stockings

 #Reverb12, Day 8: Considering the idea that nothing lasts forever: what was the most important relationship that you fostered in 2012? How will you continue to nurture it in 2013?    I feel awkward around relationships.  I fumble around in them and hold them as I would a cumbersome cardboard…

welcome

 #Reverb12, Day 7: What’s the one thing you want to take with you into 2013?    In years past I have said I’d take my new-found laughter into the next year, or I would take my new-found appreciation for this or that. Those all remain true. I add to this…

Traveling the Halls, at Midnight

#12Reverb, Day 5: What was your dream destination in 2012 and why?  It can be a town, city, country or region — real or imaginary — and doesn’t matter if you actually got there or not.   There were trips to Disneyland and Sacramento.  We went to Arizona and Texas….

Refiner’s Fire

It’s been tough being grateful the last couple days.  I’ll be honest.  The hostilities of the election (now over) were almost too palpable.  The behavior of the citizenry was shameful, on both sides. But in my heart, though I quietly retreated, I was thankful.  So thankful for the bright yellow…

yearbook

If I were to flip the pages of my memory of this past year, glancing at the glossy pages of what has happened, I would marvel at the life that has been recorded.  My life has been a sort of tornado in a calm valley and yet, time has sort…

in the now

We’re on vacation right now.  Specifically, my family is on vacation and I am supervising my family’s vacation.  As a wife and mother I feel as if I am rarely on “vacation” — I am still a mother to my children, I still make our meals, I still organize the…