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…

Dior Up Close and Inspired

Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness. |Christian Dior| Earlier this month my husband and I celebrated our 14th Anniversary with a little trip to Dallas. We luxuriated in the lovely Fairmont Dallas and spent hours perusing the aisles of bookstores and finding unique places to eat. But we…

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…

Coffee Break

I’ve never been a “but first coffee” girl. I enjoy coffee but I don’t *need* it in the mornings to jumpstart my days. That being said, I love the art of coffee. I love a beautiful French press, a nice Chemix, I enjoy the preparation and the serving and the savoring. But as a busy…

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…

Nurturing Rituals

Relishing and indulging in some cozy moments, and delving into one of my fall reads; these moments are not only an integral part of my self care, but of continual growth and brain food. Before I was a mom, and a homeschooling mom at that, I was a comparative literature major. And even now as…

On Writing, Intentions & Liturgy

While my current writing project isn’t fiction, I find this beautiful liturgy a wonderful opportunity for the setting of intentions and for grounding myself in my craft. It reminds me of how strongly I feel about the importance of partnering in the creation of art with my creator from whom all blessing flow. It reminds…

Settled Into The Bone

October 15th is the feast day of Teresa of Ávila, a saint whose words have often spoken to my heart. On the days when we feel oh so weary, so very bone weary, this imagery of allowing God’s presence to settle in our bones and the releasing of ourselves to sing and dance and praise,…

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…