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keeping on (soLs)

What makes people keep going even when it gets really tough?  I look at this little writing challenge of ours, and even though I don’t want to write tonight, I’m making my fingers move across the keyboard. The thoughts are plodding along behind me, almost as though there are cement blocks tied to my fingers, weighting them down, suffocating the words. I keep going, even when it’s hard. I trust the process. I think about being an agent of change at work, and even though I don’t want to always… Read more keeping on (soLs)

another challenge? but… (soLs)

52 Day Challenge: Pray. Do. Record. Every week. Last Sunday our pastor issued a 52 Day Challenge. Shamefully, my first thought was: I’m in the middle of a challenge, certainly I shouldn’t take on something else right now. As Kurt explained the challenge, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the 52 Day Challenge was most certainly something I should consider right now. Even more, it was something I was excited about. The challenge is based on the fact that it took Nehemiah and the people 52 days to rebuild the… Read more another challenge? but… (soLs)

spring is (soLs)

Spring is organizing five closets.Spring is a six mile bike ride with two kids and one in a seat on the back of my bike.Spring is open windows and a wide open front door.Spring is three loads of winter garb laundered and ready to be packed away.Spring is painted toenails.Spring is a late supper.Spring is dirt in the bathtub after the water drains away.Spring is mud boots and flip flops and bare feet.Spring is pushing a swing.Spring is forgetting to blog.Spring is today.

got’cha day (soLs)

{Ever since February, I’ve been planning to write about this topic. It’s been swirling around my mind, but it takes time to capture the words, make them behave, and fill up the page. So this post is a few days later than I expected, but I’m learning to put my timeline away and wait for the words to sort out and leave their marks on the page.} Got’cha Day is celebrated on March 14 in our house. It’s the day we “got” Hannah and Stephanie. March 14, four years ago,… Read more got’cha day (soLs)

a friend

I’m writing this from a hotel lobby and am ready to collapse. So here’s a little very first draft list. I have this friend who knows me better than most.She knows I hide my toothbrush in hotel rooms.She knows I have a tendency to get twisted around with directions in large cities.She knows I don’t mean it when I grumble.She knows how to read between my words to figure out what I’m feeling, even when I don’t know myself.She knows when I’m joking and thinks I’m funny (sometimes).She knows how… Read more a friend

cooking (soLs)

I like to cook. It’s not just the chopping and layering and baking, but the putting together of flavors and the pairing of vibrant colors and the eating as close to natural as possible. I like the planning. The looking through recipes and making menus. The thinking of different family members and designing a meal just for them. It’s the organizing of our schedule and working around it. Make ahead freezer meal for this night, slow cooker meal for that night, extra time in the kitchen on another night. And… Read more cooking (soLs)