When I was on pilgrimage in Italy this summer, something surprised me: I found myself craving plateaus. There is a hike here in Virginia that I have done a couple of times called Crabtree Falls. It is up, up, up for 2 miles. A series of switchbacks and stairs to the top of a waterfall. … Continue reading Learning to Love Plateaus
On a Friday afternoon I sat criss-cross-applesauce on the carpet in my first-grade classroom. Our teacher held up a glass of water and asked if we thought it would be fuller, less full, or go unchanged over the weekend if she left it sitting by the window. Six-year-old me quickly raised my hand and proclaimed … Continue reading A Glass Half Empty?
Nick tells me when he was little, he had a pair of gerbils. Every night they would go to work, shuffling around their cage rearranging their wood chips. He would wake up each morning and find a new masterpiece. Sometimes he would find a huge hill piled up on one side, other times there would … Continue reading My Husband Thinks I’m A Gerbil
I’ve been home from Italy for a week now, and I’m slowly finding the words to share what it was like to meet a group of pilgrims and journey with them. In the wake of such a formative experience, I’m finding that slow is how I want to go. I want to slow down, to … Continue reading Slow Steps: Leaning into a Posture of Pilgrimage
I am writing this post just a few hours before I head to catch my overnight flight to Italy. As you are reading though, I am already walking somewhere in Italy. It is the fifth day of my journey on the Via Francigena, and if everything goes according to plan, today I will walk 18 … Continue reading Pilgrim Prayers
In our wedding we asked our friends and family, witnesses to our marriage covenant, to sing The Servant Song, by Richard Gillard with us. Nick requested this song during the ceremony planning, and I fell in love with the words immediately. (Full disclosure: I did change one word below from his original: “family” was “brothers.”) … Continue reading We Are Pilgrims on a Journey
What do you do, where do you go, when you need to rest and reset? June is a full month for us over here. I leave in 10 days for 10 days (more about that in next week’s post) and as soon as I get back, Nick leaves for a few days. A few months … Continue reading River Rain