Link upon these things…

 {Sarah is sitting with me as I type. She insisted I share this one with you.}

I'm astounded that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. And then, it will be Advent. And the Nutcracker. Then Christmas, followed immediately by The Wedding. Lately, I've been planning lots of small and big moments when guests will be in my home. These hospitality moments don't come naturally to the introverted me. I'm grateful to have many, many opportunities to practice the real deal kind of hospitality. Perhaps, one day, I will be good at it. Much more on that in my post here at MomHeart. Please read it; I'd love to encourage one another.

I'm woefully behind in linking to Herald columns.

Here are some thoughts on living the Year of Faith. What does that even mean? And isn't that really the point? I have a tendency to get caught up in the learning of it all, to intellectualize. Here are my reminders to myself to live it.

Last week wasn't my column week, it was Barbara Curtis' week. We used to share the space. I wrote in her space as a tribute to her.

I've all but walked away from social media in the wake of the election. Angry, insulting, hysterical newsfeeds were doing a number on my sense of peace. I gathered all my post-election plans and thoughts and hopes in spot and posted them here. Very quiet plans, they are.



  1. Danielle M. says

    Thank you for the wonderful links. I can so understand the anxiety that creeps up as guests and more guests prepare to arrive. We will have quite a revolving door here over the next month too, and I still haven’t quite put everything back together after the storm (the storm that arrived 2 days after we had all the floors on the first floor refinished – and no we didn’t get that cleaned up before it hit either), oh and there is still a giant tree blocking my driveway and front entrance, so I’m not sure where all of these people are going to park. I keep reminding myself to breathe, and pray, and breathe some more. I know you’ll do the same.

  2. Maria says

    I know I rarely say anything except “thank you,” but I have to say it again: THANK YOU. I just read your post on the election. I have been stressed, depressed, worried and even teary. I spoke with my spiritual director about it, wondering how I am going to raise my children in this culture that is little more than a cesspool. He said: “Do you think it was better for the early Church?” It’s true — our culture is as bad as the late Roman Empire — but think of all the martyrs and saints of the early Church! I have to believe — and here is where your reflections are so helpful — that being a good mother in my home and feeding their bodies and souls is enough. It is, after all, what the Lord has called me to do. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Anne in MT says

    All these linked posts are so heartening. Life, although I’d so like it to be, is not lived in isolation. How appropriate to have a piece on hospitality, a tribute to a life well lived, a piece about the election, and running throughout it all how to celebrate the Year of Faith. Each piece has me pondering and feeling buoyed that I’m not alone. God Bless you for sharing.

  4. says

    Wow, Anne, thanks! I didn’t see the theme running here. Actually, the theme I saw was my lateness in doing the linking I promise editors:-). But now, you have me seeing these posts–all written apart from each other in time–from a whole different perspective. Thanks!

  5. says

    I do think feeding bodies and souls is enough. I also think that there is such a great need around every corner, right here in my own neighborhood and certainly, out there in the great big world. I am right there with you worrying about the cesspool:-(

  6. says

    Little Sarah, we have that exact same piece of playground equipment here at a park in Arkansas, very far from you…I recognized that little green plane in the background. Isn’t that funny? :)

  7. says

    P.S.- I’m very sorry I called you “little”…you are clearly quite a big girl now! I have a grown-up in my life named Sarah. You are just little compared to her. ;)

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