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.
I just wrapped up a study a friend and I have been doing for the past few months on the Apostle Paul. I have long found him a fascinating and admirable biblical character, but I feel he has come to life for me in some new ways. Continue reading Pondering Paul
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 😉
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 10 Things You May Not Know About Me
Here we are, just a few days before Christmas, and I finally have time to sit down and jot some thoughts about the year. I know these days few people have little time to sit and read Christmas newsletters, and even fewer have time to write them, but I am one of those who actually enjoys doing both. Last year I decided to post my newsletter on my blog for those who care to read it and leave it out of my Christmas card for those who don’t, which worked out well and saved me both paper and ink. So, here I go again … 2013 in review, from my family to yours! Continue reading Crystal’s Christmas Chronicle: 2013
I never thought answering the conversational question, “So, where do you go to church?” would be so awkward. Continue reading Why We Cre8
I haven’t had a lot of first-hand experience with death, so I don’t feel at all qualified to write about it. Yesterday we lost our beloved family dog, and I know that losing a pet isn’t anything like losing a person. Except, it is. And when something profound happens in my life, I write. So I will attempt to tackle my emotions through my typing fingertips and hope you’ll forgive me if I make a mess of this post. Continue reading Life Lessons from Death
“You haven’t blogged in a while. Where have you been?”
Where have I been? Nowhere. Everywhere. And all the places in between.
I’ve been in a strange, interesting, hard, and wonderful place this past year. It isn’t easy to describe, but you know me — I’ll try. 😉 Continue reading Where I Have Been?
I love photographs as much as I love words. The two complement each other so well, and yet they can also stand alone and sometimes should remain independent. I certainly agree that a picture can be worth a thousand words, although I would add that likewise a word can be worth a thousand pictures. Continue reading Pictures and Words
Have you ever thought about the terminology we use for the sun? As a homeschool mom, I am asked to explain every word that comes out of my mouth, and that can get pretty interesting when little ones first start to understand how the solar system works. Continue reading The World Revolves Around What?