and behold, duty was joy

Recently, many peers have shared this quote: I slept and dreamt that life was Joy I woke and saw that life was Duty. I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy.  – Rabindranath Tagore I found it both beautiful and annoying. I liked the sound of it but saw that conclusion seemed to indicate work. While … Continue reading

Repentance and Rocks

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.” – H.W.B. Ward Beecher Browsing various pages online (ie. ignoring my tasks at hand!) led me to the above quote. I’ve read it … Continue reading

While skiing this afternoon, I reflected more on my newest ‘one word’ (“Rise”). It stood out to me how ‘Rise’ is usually presented in the positive. We do not rise away, instead we rise towards or within. At times, we may be called to rise against, but again, that is still moving forward, in the … Continue reading

Guest Post Away: Marriage Apart

Today I have the privilege of sharing life with Marissa of ThisMama. Marissa and I have walked together through a decade of life; depth to peak; and I was so blessed to be invited to her space for the day. Sneak peak: “When he drove away for that first rotation, I had no idea what … Continue reading

Baby-Moonin’

I have been Baby-Mooning over here. (think, honeymoon with emphasis on the Babe instead of the Honey). It has been wonderful. J arrived home two days before Balian was born (an unexpected and, in the end, providential, schedule change on the rigs). We had two days to catch up, rest, and prepare. On the night … Continue reading

respite

It seems as though I am being taught: to be open to anything, to expect nothing, to be thankful for everything, to plan for…now, to quit saying, “I thought” and “If only” and “I can’t” to always declare, “I am open”, “I am willing”, “He can in me”, to realize that unplanning is a Perfect … Continue reading

these days, these nights

I hold him close and let him wrap my hair around his fist as he snuggles in, thumb in mouth, tears on cheeks. His elder brother suddenly gives a cry and I shift the younger over the evidence of the youngest and waddle down the hall to give one more caress. It’s a restless night. … Continue reading

Frozen Flow

We are nearing the end of deep and nasty cold snap here on the prairies. Apparently, an Arctic system settled over our area and was the cause of temperatures plummeting to -45 midweek—ouch! The funny thing with winter out here is that we always know that it’s coming, yet it somehow always takes us by … Continue reading

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