7 Foods

I and about 27 friends decided to launch our own “experimental mutiny against excess,” doing each of Jen Hatmaker’s 7 fasts for 7 days (instead of a month as she did). Each week I’ll post my thoughts from the previous week, Jen-style, not because I’m trying to be like her but because I’m trying to be like Jesus and her books encourage me to that in new ways. Continue reading

Why I Can’t Say “Retail Therapy”

If I were a real and devoted blogger, I could probably expect some backlash from this post. As I am just a sometimes blogger with a small following of people, 90% of whom won’t read this, I’m not too concerned about that. I also think that even if I had a big-time, popular blog, I would still need to say this, but I might word it more carefully.

I really can’t stand the term “retail therapy.”

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Happy Mothers’ Day

As I reflect on the privilege and honor of being a mom, many thoughts and emotions race in my mind and well up in my heart. Chief among them: There is no such thing as a perfect mom, so motherhood comes with lots of questioning, second guessing, guilt, and feelings of failure.

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ice crystals

ice crystals and flakes fall down
covering my deck …
dashing my hopes and plans
with each white fleck

ice crystals grow heavier;
thin flakes grow thick …
children’s hearts dance and leap
hoping they will stick

ice crystals, like pixie dust
shimmering in the light …
a blanket of fresh and new
hiding dirt from sight

ice crystals — talk of the town –
the only news is weather …
as they fall from the clouds,
families come together

ice crystals halt busy schedules
making time stand still
young and old alike gather
at the window sill

ice crystals — what can you do?
you just have to smile …
and maybe you secretly hope
the cold stays for a while

ice crystals will fade soon;
ice will melt away …
i’ll enjoy the peace and quiet
of this rare snow day.

by crystal ;)

 

 

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

Many of my Facebook friends recently listed several random, interesting, or relatively unknown facts about themselves, and anyone who liked their posts was then given a number of items to list in his or her own status. I have enjoyed reading these posts, and I have subsequently been assigned numbers ranging from 5 to 13. Being the wordy writer that I am, naturally I have decided to turn this into a blog post instead of a Facebook status. Continue reading