One Year with Everly

It’s been a year of crossing bridges and constructing them. We’ve seen our girl cross milestones this first year together:  ABCs, shapes, colors and 123s.  Climbing, jumping, sorting, discovering.  Here’s where adoption is different though: our little girl has trekked mountains while passing through these expected milestones.  It wasn’t just ABCs, it was ABCs in … Continue reading One Year with Everly

Hello 2018

January is more than halfway complete and I don't know about you, but the newness of 2018 has already lost some of its shimmer in the day-to-day of ordinary life over here. I’ve never had a great relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. At this point in my life, the entire idea of them puts me … Continue reading Hello 2018

Let Light Shine in Winter

When the sun is allowed to shine through the living room window in our home, it reveals every dusty surface. And at the right angle, it only takes a little light to glare right into my eyes and make everything familiar in our house uncomfortable to look at. One of the reasons we chose our … Continue reading Let Light Shine in Winter

The Posture of Preparation

On the heels of every Thanksgiving, Christmas season expectations peer at me from around the corner of November like a small army, eager for battle. As if on cue, after the piles of Halloween candy have been consumed and the leaves have begun to change colors, my family begins planning: tree shopping right after Thanksgiving weekend, tubs of Christmas … Continue reading The Posture of Preparation

When Leaves Prophesy

The sky was cluttered with autumn leaves like flying fairies set free that morning. They fell from the places where they had been previously huddled together on their own branched bubbles of gold, rusty-red and orange. As we drove to my overdue eye-appointment, my daughter shrieked with delight after a big gust of wind brought … Continue reading When Leaves Prophesy