i think there's something beautiful about looking around yourself with wide eyes and loving what you see. whether loving moves you to compassion, or just to reveling in the beauty of creation, i encourage you to love where you are. you've been artfully placed.


dear lord jesus,

show me pieces of who you are,
i am wanting more and more.


The Calling Sea, 1919
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
Pen and Ink


A house will become a home.

I desire to do some things better this year:

Knowing God.
Being a blessing to the girls in my house.
Exploring, like really exploring.
Working with dignity and gratitude.
Speaking truth.
Being on time.
Keeping dates.
Returning phone calls.
Digging into creativity.
Loving far away people.
Living very presently and attentively.
Writing. Writing. Writing.


Sweet, sweet living.

After a night of reunions and laughing so hard we couldn't breathe, we gathered in a circle and prayed.

I looked around at us all; no longer living within an arm's length of each other, but gathered just the same to wish our dear Leni a happy birthday and love on Ashley & JP before their New Zealand adventure. Mmm, my soul delighted in my favourite company of 10 and the most beautiful, radiant newly married couple straight across from me. I loved hearing the different things we all had to lift up:

Dear Jesus, I am overwhelmed at how much you love us.
I'm overwhelmed at how much you've blessed me with the people standing in this circle.
Thank you for bringing us together.
I'm so happy thinking about the adventures we've shared, and the ones to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lord, it's been an incredible journey.
Be with these two and keep them safe in New Zealand--also please bring them back to us.
These two are a light. I can't wait to see the impact they are going to make in their new community.
Thank you, Jesus, that this isn't the end.
Oh, I have the best friends in the world!

An incredible chapter of our lives, indeed.