Day 7: This I Learned From Eddie

Day 7: This I Learned From Eddie

It’s one of those comments that has stayed with me for years, a tiny little exchange that found its way to my heart and lodged there, whispering, coaxing, reminding me whenever I’ve needed reminding. It’s surfaced time and again this holiday season,...
Day 6: little tree

Day 6: little tree

Our Christmas tree this year is a wild one, harvested from our western NC mountain property. This is a decision one makes knowing charm rather than perfection is the order of the day. We’re a-okay with this, Tim and I, in theory. But then you start to decorate...
Day 5: Stealing Time

Day 5: Stealing Time

We woke up this morning to an early dark, punctuated by lightning and its accompanying distant thunder. I heard the rain; the rat-a-tat as it hit the roof felt cozy, delicious. I rolled to my side, pulled the covers to my chin and just as I did, Tim got up and made...
Day 4: The Light of Advent

Day 4: The Light of Advent

Way back in 2011, the writer and pastor Winn Collier offered an invitation to join him in looking for light during Advent. I loved the idea, and I accepted the challenge, and the exercise so richly deepened my experience of the holy season I have continued it every...
Day 3: Family

Day 3: Family

There have been so many gorgeous moments over this long holiday weekend, our house filled with grown-up children and dogs and food and stories and games and giggling. Like so many, our family is spread far and wide, and so a coming-together like this is—well—special....
Day 2: Daughters

Day 2: Daughters

We had literally cooked all day, this being rather a joy in my mountain kitchen, the giant picture windows providing a grand view of the Black Mountains even as I chopped and stirred and whisked. Thanksgiving dinner was to be served 6:30ish, giving plenty of time for...

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