The Art of Purging

anne-quote1For about the past week and a half, we have been decluttering and purging to the extreme. I so badly want to reflect on how good this has been for my soul, how the process can be simultaneously liberating and joyful although overwhelming and painful, too. I haven’t much time, however, as I’m on a schedule and have a purging deadline. Continue reading

Beautiful Woman

Just when you think I may never blog again, I post something almost completely unrelated to anything else on my blog. I have high aspirations to blog more frequently, and we have adventures on the horizon that will provide some once-in-a-lifetime writing material. However, for today, I just want to share some thoughts on being a woman. Continue reading

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.”

There. I said it. Continue reading

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 😉