Accidental Interlude

When an unplanned pause is imposed upon us we ask ourselves what might be the meaning of this empty space in time.  

This week of travel and unforeseen delays is, for me at least, a study in contemplation and introspection. 

The purpose of our journey was to spend a few days with our dear friends, the Waldner's, at the wake and funeral of Joel's wife, Louise. I had not known her all that long or all that well, but the few times I did get to spend with her were a joy indeed. She was one of those bright, cheering women whose very soul seemed to spread the joy of living. She died of cancer before even reaching forty, but has touched many lives and brought honor to the Name of Christ in that short span of time.

Nearing Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and the Elmendorf Colony where the funeral was to be held, these giants popped up everywhere. It is certainly a wild and windy prairie, perfect for wind turbines. On the day we traveled out, it was sunny with temperatures reaching 50 degre…

Friends + Flowers + Food

Mix those three ingredients and you have a pretty sweet antidote for days of rain and grey. 

Jacquelyn invited friends to our house on Friday night. It was my pleasure to join these young women. I love them and am cheering them on as they endeavor to find their way in this tumultuous and perplexing world!

Jacki had off work so we spent the day in party preparations. Buying bright florals on a cloudy day in February and happening upon a florist who was willing to dig around in the back cooler for a few extra sprigs are tiny bursts of joy on our shopping trip.

Jacki's watercolor bunting is such a bright hope of spring I think I'll keep it on the wall even though the party is over.

The dessert table, laden with grapefruit pound cake, lemon tarts, and orange pistachio cheesecake. It's all about the fruits...and the sweets...but mostly the fruits!

Bouquets, oranges, lemons, and candles on the mantel. Hygge for a grey day.

Lest you mistake this for a perfect evening...

We had c…