Beauty Secrets from an Old House

Women sit or move to and fro, some old, some young, The young are beautiful – but the old are more beautiful than the young.” – Walt Whitman I remember reading these words by Whitman for the first time a couple of years ago.  As a thirty-six-year old mother, being neither very young nor very […]

Be Gentle on Yourself

“ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ ”  Luke 10: 41-42 Six months ago, my aunt sent me this beautiful collage card she made.  Inside she wrote, […]

90 Years of Love

Yesterday, my boys were showing me video clips they had taken of each other. There was a close-up of my four-year-old’s face. “My favorite person,” he began, with his endearing pre-school mispronunciation of “favorite.” He dropped to a whisper for effect, “is my brother.” My nine-year-old beamed. Even though he gets annoyed with the little […]

Because of My Weaknesses

My husband is fond of saying, “We don’t do what we know we need to do to be happy.”  I know I need to live gratefully.  This week I didn’t.  I know I need to keep up with the laundry.  This week I didn’t.  I know I need to read books, plan meals, spend time […]

God’s Love Song

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17   I was hesitant to go to Australia. Please don’t gasp and call me ungrateful. Label me, instead, with the […]

A Soaking Rain

My beloved grandfather passed away in his cozy bedroom yesterday morning.  I have been given the honor of writing this great man’s eulogy, so I thought I’d let him blog for me today.  This is an e-mail my grandfather wrote to our family about three years ago.  The Carol he speaks of is my loving grandmother.  (I […]

A Time to Keep

I am a fan of the children’s book author and illustrator, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008).  Several Christmases ago, my sister-in-law blessed me with a video, Take Joy, of Tasha in her house and garden.  Since I first watched it, one line in particular has played over and over in my mind.  The narrator’s peaceful voice states, […]

Soul Home

Brooke Bullman introduced me to the idea of soul home.  “Where,” she asks, “is your soul home?” My husband had an unexpected response.  He chose the restaurant, Jason’s Deli.  Our family giggled at his answer, teasing him.  But, when I asked him to explain, he said we were always happy there—food and smiles in abundance.  […]