Dwelling in the Land, Family Life

Reflections & Resolutions

I’m living out a little fantasy of mine today and for the next two days called Being Alone In My House. It’s so amazing. You know I still love having a full house, lots of people around my table, and the sounds of laughter and lively conversations, but this is such a nice reprieve. Robert… Read More Reflections & Resolutions


Waiting and Hoping and Coming (and Grandmas)

I’ve been trying to be mindful of the waiting process this last week. That’s what we’re sort of re-enacting during Advent – the waiting for the One who is coming. Beth Moore wrote this on Sunday: Ears ached with emptiness, yearning to hear sounds of heaven. Some word from God. Nothing. 1 century then 2,… Read More Waiting and Hoping and Coming (and Grandmas)

Adorning the Truth, Advent

What Mary Said (And a Special Request)

Her words struck me intensely this time, though I’ve read them many times before. “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) What a response. What beautiful surrender. What a quiet humility. What fierce faith. And displayed in the midst of a situation seemingly impossible, certainly… Read More What Mary Said (And a Special Request)

Advent, Holidays

Advent Hope!

It felt like I couldn’t really begin to participate in Advent season yet, because I had this final exam hanging over my head: Old Testament II.It was only one class, but because of the pace of the last six weeks, I got about 10 lectures (I can view them on my own schedule), and several… Read More Advent Hope!


Giving Thanks, Getting Away, Going Forward

It was such a nice Thanksgiving here. And it’s become such a familiar routine to get ready to host a houseful. Always a few special touches to the day as well. I mean, just take a look at those place cards Kayla made – with a little help from our friend Hadassah. Very special. (The… Read More Giving Thanks, Getting Away, Going Forward

Giving Thanks, Home, Hospitality

Pumpkin Bread & Preparations

Kayla created this really great gluten free pumpkin bread recipe a few years back.  We can’t quite remember how she did it, but possibly from a combination of other recipes we’d seen and used before. It’s a good one, and I pulled it out on Sunday to make a dessert for a church youth lunch… Read More Pumpkin Bread & Preparations


New England Summer Lovin’

We didn’t plan specifically for this, but a classic New England summer has been in full swing lately. Kinda hard not to call it classic when it kicks off with a trip to Fenway Park on a PERFECT June evening. We were offered two Red Sox tickets by an unnamed source (whose name begins with… Read More New England Summer Lovin’


He Calms the Seas AND the Season ( Plus…A Giveaway!)

Tea Party Prep! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays always start the same way for the 40-somethings at my house.  Up early.  Workout clothes on. Bible reading with a side of hot tea.  Out the door for a run – on the nearby rail trail or at the nearby Planet Fitness depending on weather conditions. (On Mondays… Read More He Calms the Seas AND the Season ( Plus…A Giveaway!)


A Week Of Thanksgiving

Last week went way too fast, and had to be highly scheduled as you can see.  Our boys arrived home for the Thanksgiving break Monday night after Robert, Kayla, and I had gone to bed. Cooper picked Kory up in Boston on his way home from Gordon College which was so perfect. Since Kayla and… Read More A Week Of Thanksgiving


Wonderful Winter Catch Up

Those aren’t two words I would normally use together ~ “wonderful” and “winter” ~ but there’s no denying that winter has brought many wonderful things so far. It was -1 degree here yesterday.  (Not so wonderful.) Betsy stopped by at 7:45am to pick us up for our weekly ski trip to Mt. Snow, Vermont, and… Read More Wonderful Winter Catch Up