If I can be known for two things in life, let it be soup and cookies. Okay, and maybe bread and buttercream.
I don’t know if there is any sight more dear to me than just out of the oven, ever so slightly undercooked chocolate chip cookies. And these will make you go weak in the knees. They’re the consistency of brownies, but in a cookie form and the white chocolate chips are HEAVEN. SO good. [read more]
I got an email this weekend that brought me to my knees.
A woman whose life looks perfect to everyone around her but is burning to the ground as she watches in disbelief. And it doesn’t look like help is coming. It doesn’t appear to be one of the stories with a tidy, happy ending. I read stories like hers in my inbox every week. Sometimes, the story is mine. This is where we are. This is the truth about us all, at one time or another in our lives. I’ve been there more times than I can count.
When our literal house burned to the ground, there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. The firefighters came and worked in the freezing cold as hard as they could to no avail. Sometimes things just burn. But as I sat on the frozen ground and watched flames reach up toward the night sky, I noticed the blanket that my neighbor had wrapped around me, the warm cup of coffee someone brought, the arms of my family, that comforted me when even words were too painful. For a few hours, no one even worried about the whats and the whys. They just showed up and sat with us and brought us the comfort of not being alone. [read more]
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~C. Eliot
Everywhere you turn in my house, there’s a stack of books. I TRY to keep them put away but no matter how much I hope to reform myself, I’m forever getting books off the shelves and re-reading passages, looking for quotes, and in general wanting to NOT FORGET the words of the authors that have changed my life. My nightstand is loaded down like a pack mule. I have 3-4 books in my car, one in my purse, and a teetering stack on my desk. I was tagged on Facebook and decided to post my answers here since I know how much y’all love books, too. [read more]