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The Gift of Laughter

In college I would laugh till it hurts, really belly laugh, the muscles contracting hard in my stomach, purging the heart of all that ugliness sitting around in dark places. The regrets, the hurt, the unforgiving, the bitter—laughter begins to wipe it all clean, like a window freshly washed in spring.  For a moment the […] Read more…

When Life doesn’t have a Plan

  Piles of boxes line the living room.  Toys are scattered across floors and all those plans I had for the new year? The ones I tried to make when I had the stomach flu and then we got a foot of snow and the schools cancelled for almost a week? Life never quite turns […] Read more…

Snowed In (but not missing the beauty of this day)

The frost on the windows creeps out in sharp knife lines, like a shoot exploding from ground, and then branching out, stretching in white frosty lines. It is beautiful, but only if you look closely, only if you are not too hurried to miss it. His beauty is always there, revealed in the everyday, passed […] Read more…

Our Favorite Moments of the Year

2013 in Pictures It’s a way of reviewing the year but also a way of counting our blessings, remembering the goodness in the everyday, the meals shared, the miles traveled, another year of blessings even amidst the days of pain. All is forgotten when you see the joy, relive the good, and say thank you for […] Read more…