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    Looking Back | February.

    Last month I started Looking Back with a slightly broader lens – encompassing not only the daily photos, but also a few reflections. This month I’m making a few more tweaks: 1. What am I celebrating? + first signs of Spring, another beautiful amaryllis season, and 41 years with the same Valentine. 2. What worked well? what didn’t? + our cookbook club – two meetings in and I think we have a plan that’s going to carry us through. – the planning for our women’s service was at times both stressful and frustrating; this was my 4th (or 5th?) year leading the preparation and it was the first where I…

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    New month. new calendar page. otherwise same view. still dark-early. My morning time starts around 5am which is dark-early here all year. It ends, though, sometime around 7am and this is the time of year that I really start to notice the light (my study window faces west … even without rain, there’s no direct light until later). I must say, there’s a certain energy that comes with daylight and I’m welcoming that as I wrap up these mornings! I journaled a quick TGIF list as I wrapped up this morning’s time … Hello March! Thinking about … my closet. One of my projects for this year is to re-work…

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    Weekending for Days.

    Is it really Thursday? evening? my calendar says yes, and thankfully so does my to-do list … and yet in my head (and looking back on these photos, my heart) … well, the week is surely just beginning! Welcome to a peek back into a VERY long weekend! The conference I attended on Friday evening/Saturday was, quite simply, amazing. I’m still processing … and expect the content to feature prominently in my next OLW update. The overnight accommodations – aka the “Tieman B&B” – was also 5+ stars. So many Legos (so much imagination). a cold breakfast (thankfully with HOT coffee for the grownups). and my first-ever Peloton experience (it…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and happy Friday. I am glad to be here today. These end-of-week glimpses into right now are always fun to write. and I hope you’ll find something to enjoy here, too! Thinking about … Lent. about looking inward. about opening space in my heart and my head. about renewal. about creating new spiritual habits. I mentioned on Wednesday that I’m following Sarah Bessey’s 40 Simple Practices for Lent (link) and yesterday I downloaded the (free!) Book of Common Prayer app to my phone. I have the hardcopy and it’s a bit of a brick … I love having the daily content so accessible/portable and the app lets me…

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    And | February 2020.

    Checking in with my OLW today … and reflecting on the special place that February holds in this journey. the holiday high has fully worn off. the decorations are packed away. maybe they aren’t. we have wonderful memories from the recent months. maybe we don’t. the bills come in. we have fun plans for spring break. maybe we don’t. the primary season is heating up. girl scout cookies arrive. it rains. it snows. it rains. it rains. the sun comes out. it rains. it’s cold. it rains. and still. a friend’s mom falls and breaks her hip. a vulnerable senior’s son gets injured. a dear friend is hospitalized (for the…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    … are for catching up. I certainly didn’t set out to skip a week here. Every day, I thought about it. and every day I gave myself permission not to. In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks and a baby sweater, started a new sweater, finished a fantastic book, kept watch over the amaryllis, treated myself to a manicure, and enjoyed a few delicious meals (with wine ♥). I also spent time reflecting on next steps, making lists, and just being. It was a wonderful break! and it’s good to be back. Here’s to a great week, my friends!  

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    Five on Friday | Good Things.

    Happy Friday, friends. I hope you’re finding some Good Things to celebrate this week … here are five of mine. Thing One. The Polar Coat. It’s finished. It fits. It’s warm. I’ve worn it lots. and I LOVE it. Lydia took some photos when we met up for coffee last Friday.This might be my favorite indoor FO backdrop ever – the lobby of a nearby hotel and yes, that is a horse, coming through a wall of grass. The pockets are one of my favorite things about this sweater (well, aside from all those things I said already). I am so glad I included them!I wasn’t sure about the longer…

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    Poetry Thursday | Faith.

    Yesterday morning, I finished reading WinterSong. This slim volume of writings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw has been a delight; it took all my self-control to savor it slowly, to make it last from Advent, through Christmas and New Year’s and finally, almost Spring. I will set the book aside until December and look forward to experiencing it all again. I try (some days anyway) not to complain about the weather. Recently, that’s been especially challenging; it feels like we’ve had 40 days of rain (interrupted by a little snow), plenty of wind, and temperatures ranging from 20 to 75 … egads! This poem was one of the last…

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    Weekending with a Snow Day.

    Hello friends and Happy Monday! Today’s post is pretty much the complete opposite of the one I shared last week … at least in terms of the weather. We went from this on Friday to this on Saturday. 3″ in 4 hours is a big deal for us. It started about 9am and even the rain was gone by evening. The little bit of snow that lingered overnight disappeared yesterday morning and we had no trouble getting into town to enjoy a belated birthday dinner for Katie. Before dinner we worked puzzles (Sam and Marmie) and played multiple games of Connect 4 (Charlie and everyone else). After dinner and cake…

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    Dear February.

    Dear February, I realized this past week just how much I’ve been looking forward to you (not at all a new thing, except I apparently forget every.single.year. shame on me). Of course I wish you’d been just a little more consistent in what season you were bringing. Last weekend it was spring (or yikes, summer? yep, Marc wore shorts to golf!) and today it was freezing (literally. I had sleet on my windshield this morning). I must admit to a slight preference for winter leaning into spring. My post-holiday knit-for-myself thing has resulted in two new sweaters that are for sure for winter and I’d love the chance to wear…