Bring Beauty

My favorite craft retailer had a sale last week. A felt kit I've been eyeing for months was finally discounted, and it landed in my cart quickly after that. I was trying not to buy anything because it's one more thing to pack, but crafts were my exception. Somehow during this season of chaos, I've … Continue reading Bring Beauty

Crocheted Plans

I was nine when I learned how to crochet. Since then, I have completed countless projects from afghans, to stuffed animals, to scarves. Some of these projects were super intricate. It took tons of concentration to interpret the pattern correctly, make all the little pieces, and put them together. So when I found a simple … Continue reading Crocheted Plans

A Prayer in Spring

Inspired by the poem A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost. I'm sitting on the deck, half in shadows, half in sunbeams. A bird chirps in the distance. Two more zip through the trees. Now a dog barks. I hear voices in the distance, too gentle for me to make out. Wind chimes whisper, sending … Continue reading A Prayer in Spring

Write for Light

I have a hard time finding quality novels to read. So many are too dark and depressing. Some authors argue that writing about the dark parts of life gives people the opportunity to heal from their own scars. While a good point, I've always seen things a little differently. I use books as a way … Continue reading Write for Light

Thank You For Everything

Inspired by the song Thank You For Everything by Jason Gray. It's a different kind of Thanksgiving. Here in Minnesota, the lockdown has started all over again. The stores are out of toilet paper and canned goods are scarce. Our COVID numbers are on the rise, and our joy is on the decline. It's hard … Continue reading Thank You For Everything

Dear Creators, Don’t Stop Creating

Guess what! This spring I submitted a testimonial article to the magazine She Leads Daily. They accepted it, and today I'm holding my writing in print for the very first time! Praise God! My article is featured in the summer Creative Issue. Enjoy the following slide show of my first author photos! In continuing with … Continue reading Dear Creators, Don’t Stop Creating

Falling Leaves & Ponderings

My coworker walked into my classroom and sighed. "Fall is my favorite season!" I smiled in response, but it was forced. I wish Fall was one of my favorite seasons. For me Fall represents a changing, an ending, and a beginning of something long and hard. Some of the hardest trials of my life began … Continue reading Falling Leaves & Ponderings

Why God

Inspired by the song Why God by Austin French. I found this song by accident Friday night when YouTube recommended it. I was sitting in bed, shrouded by the evening gloom. I was tired but couldn't sleep. Not until I knew my brother had made it home safely. You've probably heard about the riots going … Continue reading Why God