Hope | December 2019.

Many of y’all are sharing your 2020 words today, but I’m not quite ready to move on. A few weeks back I mentioned the 10 Things to Tell You podcast and the episode about reflecting back on 2019. In the show notes, Laura says “There are 10 questions in this episode meant to make you reflect upon on the last twelve months and get some clarity for what you want in the coming year. The prompts are a mix of light and deep, some to document a simple moment in time, others to help you grow.” As I’ve been sitting … Continue reading Hope | December 2019.

Year in Review | 2019.

Once again, I’m borrowing Vicki’s idea (Thank you, Vicki!) for an end of year post. The idea is to share the first line (or two) of the first blog post of each month and a favorite photo from that month’s posts. The words and photos are most likely not related. January This One Little Word started stealing into my heart in early December when we lit the first candle – the candle of Hope – on the Advent wreath and when I set out this year’s lovely amaryllis bulbs. February Thank you for all your comments on yesterday’s post … I replied … Continue reading Year in Review | 2019.

A Very Merry Christmas.

I realized on Friday that I had three more posts I wanted to share before the new year and I decided to go for it even though it would mean posting on the weekend. First up is a recap of our Christmas. I loved sharing the Christmas Eve service at my church with my brother and his family. I commented to Lydia (my SIL in case you’re new to the family relationships here) on the way out that I’m sure I take my church for granted. The lovely sanctuary, caring clergy, beautiful music ministry, thoughtful liturgy (with underlying thoughtful theology) … Continue reading A Very Merry Christmas.

My Year in Books | 2019.

I bit the bullet yesterday and added all the books I’ve read this year to Goodreads (if you follow my updates there, I apologize for flooding your feed!) Goodreads isn’t perfect, but it is for sure the easiest way to share what I’ve read and loved. and honestly, if I do what many of y’all suggested and just keep up, it wouldn’t even be hard. In addition to the simple count of of books, I really love favorites shelves. I always create one for each year and try to keep it to a dozen or so titles, with only one … Continue reading My Year in Books | 2019.

Around Here.

we had a very fun sleepover with the little boys Friday night, including new pillowcases cookie decorating, and a good night’s sleep for everyone 🙂 Which was especially good because Saturday evening we welcomed Sara and Sunday afternoon we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah! Katie made a delicious dinner with latkes, smoked salmon, salad and jelly doughnuts; Marc made applesauce. I think this might be Sam’s first taste of a jelly doughnut. I think he’s a fan. Then we waited for sunset to light the first candles on the menorah. Marc also taught the boys to play the dreidl … Continue reading Around Here.

Merrying Along.

Happy Friday my friends! I checked off the last thing on my to-do list this morning and then enjoyed a delightful two hours with my small group over brunch and the last chapter of Names for the Messiah … not at the church … … with a surprise visit from the three-month old granddaughter of our hostess (I’m sure you can pick her out!) We have one more party this weekend (Katie is hosting a little Hanukah dinner Sunday evening) and that’s it for a few days. It does seem like December has been one L-O-N-G party and today have a … Continue reading Merrying Along.

A New-to-me Bookclub.

Last month I told y’all that I’d signed up for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Bookclub. Yesterday I participated in my second book discussion, this month about Anna Quindlen’s How Reading Changed My Life. The meetings are virtual, with Anne and bookclub community manager Ginger as panelists and all the rest of us lively commenters on the sidebar. Last month Peter Heller was the author (we read Celine) and he participated in the meeting – which was very fun (and not only because he is just that cute in real life … yep, fan-for-life!). I’m honestly not sure how often the author … Continue reading A New-to-me Bookclub.

Looking Back | Fall 2019.

Compiling my monthly photo collages (and then sharing them here 😉 ) has been on my to-do list since October. I was all caught up before we left for Montreal – way back on September 19 – and then. well…now nearly three months have elapsed. This is one habit that is way easier to keep up with than to catch up with! Yesterday evening I listened to a podcast* about reflecting back on 2019 and it was just the push I needed to get these collages done – and share them with you. Oh my, right?! 91 tiny images covering … Continue reading Looking Back | Fall 2019.

Five Good Things.

Hello friends. and Hello Friday … evening! Whew, what a week. Marc has the President’s Cup* on behind me – LIVE golf on a Friday evening! – because it’s being played in Australia where it’s already tomorrow (and summer!) and it’s such a soothing background. I wasn’t feeling nearly so calm earlier today because my kitchen looked like this in order to create these plus cranberry oatmeal cookies (still in the oven) and lebkuchen dough for our annual cookie exchange gathering tomorrow. While I’ve been baking this afternoon, I’ve been trying to think about good things. and I thought y’all … Continue reading Five Good Things.

Unraveled Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends to talk about knitting. and even happier that I have two no-longer-blobs to share. First up, here’s Sam’s purple cardigan. The knitting is done, but I still have to seam the sleeves, weave in a bazillion ends, sew on buttons and block. Charlie’s pullover still needs a sleeve and then the knitting is done there, too (ditto the bazillion ends and the blocking). I’m knitting a size 8-10 for him (his mama measured a sweatshirt and I decided I’d go ahead and knit it extra roomy so he’d … Continue reading Unraveled Wednesday.