Garden Love | Gardens in Film & Television

The last few years life have thrown disruptions and life changes at us right around the season when cultivating our garden should have been happening. The first year, I mourned it. The second year, I released it and felt that it was only wise to take the pressure off of us. Last spring I wanted…

Reflections | Little Women 2019

I had just turned 15 in 1994 when the Winona Ryder/Susan Sarandon version of Little Women came out in theaters. My mom, sister, and I piled into the movie theater and from the opening notes, of what to this day, 25 years later, is one of my favourite soundtracks of all time, we were sucked…

Advent | Making Room

And so in the waiting, let us not get so wrapped up in the doing that we miss the joy of the presence and the peace that comes with simply making room for Him. Advent is one of my favourite church seasons. I wished my Sunday school children a “Happy New Year” in class on…

Autumn’s Glow

Subtle waves of colour have begun to roll across the landscape and the glow of autumn is warming our spirits as the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler. I never tire of this season and of this glow. And of the ways that daily, in seemingly imperceptible ways, the colours of the season…

Spiraling

Romanesco Broccoli is one of those things that made me believe that it was possible for a right-brain leaning, creative, and literary type like me to become fascinated with, and actively seek out, things like Fibonacci spirals and to see math and physics alive in the world. The first time that I discovered a mesmerizing…

January Skies | Audacious Hope

Oh, these January skies! We won’t be getting snow here in our part of Texas, at least not today, but this is definitely our rainy season. And in Texas, January rains mean lots of green and flowers come the end of February. Though I’ll tell you right now … I have some daffodils and hyacinth…

Fall-ing Away

I’m finally layering in little touches of fall decor around the house, and taking the time to nurture my home and simultaneously a part of my heart again. It feels like it’s been a spell since I truly nurtured my home, but that can happen when your heart feels overwhelmed and overburdened, so I am…

Weekend Spring Brunch

Well hello there, March!! Goodness we are glad to see you! Here in our neck of the woods, visions of spring are bursting everywhere these days! And we are hopeful that our “monsoon” season has passed! With such beauty and warmth calling our names, and beckoning us to come out and soak it all in,…

On “Being Fat”

When I was seven years old, Sister Irene, an elderly nun that we used to visit occasionally on Sunday afternoons at an open convent community, made a comment about me to my parents, in front of me.  “You’d better keep an eye on Magda,” she said, as we sat in the cafeteria eating lunch, “you’d…

On Seasons

The winds are changing here.  More and more mornings greet us with cooler temperatures, carried in on ever-so-slightly brisk winds.  I have watched these past few weeks in awe as the leaves  have gracefully changed colour;  reds and oranges and yellows inched their way onto a new tree, spreading through our landscape with subtlety but…