Once upon a time…

I had my first baby and started a blog. That was in 2005. Nine years later, I had my fourth baby and stopped my blog. I spent the next year taking care of that baby and writing handwritten letters. Every day from March 9, 2015, to March 8, 2016, I took what I could say to the masses and doled it out to one person at a time, one letter at a time. I didn’t want my Letter Project to end.

I still write some letters, but now I write about writing letters, about what I learned in the process and how I became more human. I have decided to merge my thoughts on letter-writing with my interest in quotes and my fascination with minutiae into one big unfinished letter called a blog. It is addressed to you, with love.

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January Journal: Day 19

Thank you for sticking with me this week. I know I have written a few long posts in a row, so for your sake and mine, I'm hoping to make this one short and sweet.

January 19th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 16

This is the second post in a series on memory work. There is no expectation or pressure that you will do as we do. I write of our experience in hopes of encouraging you to create your own Scripture memory experience in a way that works for your family.

January 16th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 15

Today will be the first in a series of blog posts on memory work. It is something very close to my heart, and lately, I can't stop thinking about ways to encourage others in this pursuit.

January 15th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 14

This morning, I had a headache, left over from yesterday's headache. I woke up too early and without a good morning strategy. I tried to sleep, then I tried to read and pray, then I tried to work out for a bit.

January 14th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 12

I attended a business meeting at the kids' school this past Tuesday night, and although I was reluctant to go, I came away from the time entirely blessed and encouraged.

January 12th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 11

After you make yesterday's Thai Coconut Chicken Soup for dinner, you can make these no-bake bars for the next morning's breakfast. These are a thing for me, if you haven't noticed.

January 11th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 10

We are not a soup family, not even in cold January weather, but we do like orange things in our bowls for dinner on the night that Clemson plays in the National Championship.

January 10th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 8

I wrote a post a while back called Ten Minutes with a Timer, about doing something hard for ten minutes only as a way to make a beginning. It works for most anything.

January 8th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 7

I spent an unknown numbers of hours, starting sometime in September and ending at the end of December, copying down quotes from Writing Down the Bones, the brilliant book by Natalie Goldberg on creating a writing practice. So much of what Goldberg writes wakes me up in the same way that Annie Dillard does.

January 7th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 6

Two days before Christmas, we had a family breakfast at Tandem. It was the usual amazing crepes and coffee and the lovely friends who work there.

January 6th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 3

We are back to our regularly scheduled Sunday night story circle as of New Year's Day. This week we told stories about buckets around my new Coffeehouse scented candle.

January 3rd, 2017|
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-Greeting card quote

We’re walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn’t get to any other way.

-Anne Lamott, Small Victories