Offline for Awhile

offline, hibernate, hide, grape hyacinths, frost

Offline for awhile may leave a somewhat indefinite timeframe in the minds of my readers. To be honest, I simply need a break from the online world. This break begins today and ends when I feel ready to open my hands and put them on the keyboard.  I hope that each of you had a…

It’s Almost Here!

Saviour, Christ, born, nativity, Star of Bethlehem

Today I'm not only talking about Christmas as I declare "It's almost here!" I'm also thinking of the end of 2020. Thinking of it as the "year that was" should feel good. And with those thoughts, we can move ahead into 2021 with hope and anticipation of better days ahead. This Christmas season will be…

Sameness

twins, identical twins, same, alike, twin girls

Sameness is an awkward word, isn't it? But in these pandemic days, it's the best suited to circumstances in our home. A few mornings ago I lay awake listening to the morning sounds. Inside there was nothing happening. The cats weren't even hassling us for morning treats. Outside I could hear rain falling and occasional…

Acceptance

acceptance, accept, welcome, assist, help

Monday afternoon I called a dear friend. Just a simple check-in to see how she and her husband are doing during these strange times. We haven't seen each other since March, and we've had one other phone call since then. After our first phone call, she began shopping at the same grocery store I do.…

Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Present

Christ Child, Mary, Joseph, nativity, manger

Today I'm joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online, unedited free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let's see where this week's prompt—PRESENT—leads me. Likely many are thinking of the list of presents they need to buy, wrap, ship,…