5 Favorite Quotes on Keeping Our Faces Toward the Light

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my motto for the year, following Whitman’s quote. I love summer, the sunshine and flowers, the time outdoors (I’m writing this outside), and the chance to soak up freshContinue reading “5 Favorite Quotes on Keeping Our Faces Toward the Light”

10 Reasons to Have Faith through Difficult Moments

“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini Another school year has ended. The rhythm of our lives has thankfully slowed to a reasonable pace. There is no 5:45 am wake time for my boys, at least for a few months. There are no backpacks loaded with textbooks, wornContinue reading “10 Reasons to Have Faith through Difficult Moments”

The Essentials for Surviving Life’s Tough Spots

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. -Anne Lamott Being human means that life won’t always go smoothly. Last week for me was a very bumpy road made rough by a medical emergency, myContinue reading “The Essentials for Surviving Life’s Tough Spots”

Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain To me, there is nothing like the thrillContinue reading “Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012”

America: Land of the Free

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In GodContinue reading “America: Land of the Free”

Finding A Place of Tranquility

“The heart has its special places, quiet retreats, fragrant with the sweet perfume of flowers.” -Thomas Kinkade Sometimes I stop to catch my breath in the whirl that is life as a wife and mom to three boys–in between the frequent grocery runs and the ball games and practices, in the midst of media hypeContinue reading “Finding A Place of Tranquility”

Writing Wednesday: On Broccoli, Novel-Writing, and the May First Draft Challenge

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” –Anne Lamott, on Broccoli and First Drafts, from Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life Yesterday, my family and I made the drive from Brussels, Belgium back home to Prague, Czech Republic. It’s an eight hour drive—possibly shorterContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: On Broccoli, Novel-Writing, and the May First Draft Challenge”

Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

“Hope is the Thing with Feathers …”

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all …  -Emily Dickenson, poem entitled Hope is the Thing with Feathers On the Spring morning when I took this photograph, my boys and I were going through the regular motions of gettingContinue reading ““Hope is the Thing with Feathers …””