When Life is Winter

This is Part I of the series, “Navigating the Seasons of Life.”

In the Northeast, early November is a conflicted time of year.  Fall color still brightens the landscape, supermarkets display everything Thanksgiving and we start to make plans to see family and friends.   And then there is of course, just under the surface, the excitement of Christmas – especially if you have kids.  They continually revise Christmas lists and ask when we’re getting the tree, and we look forward to decorating our homes with warm lights and deep colors.Continue reading

Returning with Joy

We had the privilege of spending this past summer in New Hampshire.  My husband, Marvin, was invited to Dartmouth’s engineering school as a visiting faculty member, so we packed up both cars and moved east for the summer.  We rented a house in Hanover, which is the quintessential New England college town, and my sons and I spent many hot afternoons at a nearby pond.Continue reading

Counting the Cost

A couple of weeks ago we hired a contractor to do some major exterior work on our home.  The ice of this past winter had done a number on our roof, some carpenter ants had partially eaten one of our walls and the whole house needed a new paint job.  We hated the old, chipped, dirty yellow and picked out darker, richer colors for the siding and trim.Continue reading

Brave!

You make me brave/You make me brave
 You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
 You make me brave/You make me brave
 No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

My favorite song these days is You Make me Brave by Amanda Cook.  It’s one of those songs that makes we wish I could sing.  It refers to Peter’s experience walking on water:Continue reading

A Tribute to my Maverick Mom

This past Mothers’ Day, we did something very un-motherish.  We took our boys to a train museum and on train ride.  The museum holds special events each spring, and this year, the event landed on Mothers’ Day.  So I decided to indulge my kids’ desires rather than my own (wow, that never happens!) and we did the train thing instead of the restaurant and nap thing, which truly I would have preferred.  (The nap would have been for me.)  I did like seeing them happy, though.  My youngest in particular is truly enchanted by trains, and it is one of life’s greatest pleasures to see one’s kids discovering and enjoying what they love.Continue reading