Today's date is a significant one for me - it is Gram's birthday, first and foremost. She would have been 95 today. If she was still alive, the McKelvie clan would have gathered together to celebrate with a nice dinner, and, more importantly, a nice dessert. I suppose we could have gotten together anyway, and … Continue reading September 25th
Hello friends! Yes, it's been approximately two million seconds since I posted last. I've been spending a lot of time with myself. It started when I got sick after conference, and was lying around recovering and thinking. I realized that I'd been spending less and less time on self-care, and it had been wearing me … Continue reading Don’t Hate – Meditate
On July 1, 2017, my brother John married his longtime love Cara, in a beautiful Vermont wedding. The party began on Friday afternoon, when many of the guests began arriving at the Echo Lake Inn in Ludlow, VT. It was raining off and on, so we were mostly confined to the porch, where everyone was … Continue reading A Vermont Wedding
Well, hi there! I am writing this from my bed at the Pillar and Post Inn in Niagara on the Lake. Not to be confused with Niagara Falls - it is NOT the same place. (Though the Falls are not far from here.) This is wine country. Anyway - I've been here for a meeting … Continue reading Hello from Ontario!
If I've ever loved anything in my life it has been the Little House books. Last year, my mom gave me a new book, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, and I was once again able to connect with a kindred spirit from so long ago. The book contains some early drafts of Little House in the Big … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Little House on the Prairie
I wrote this post last spring, and it's been sitting in my drafts folder ever since. I'm not sure what held me back from posting it then, but reading it now makes me smile. Everything I wrote here still holds true. I take comfort in these memories. Yesterday as I knelt in the garden to clear … Continue reading Remembering Gram
As I sit down to write tonight, I'm already irritated because I can't find the list of writing prompts I thought I'd saved somewhere on my laptop. I'm annoyed because the screen is too bright, even when I finally figure out where to go to turn it all the way down. I'm frustrated because I … Continue reading What is my life?
In September 2001, my friend Sarah and I took a trip to Oregon to visit her family, who had just relocated there. It was my first time traveling further west than the Mississippi River, and my first time on a plane since I was 16. Dave and I had only recently started dating, and I … Continue reading 15 Years Ago…
I'm talking about fear, of course. In going through a stack of paper shoved on a shelf, I found what's written below. I wrote it a little over 4 years ago, when I was underemployed, drowning in student loans and generally feeling like a loser. You don't always realize how far you've come until you … Continue reading The F Word
Tomorrow is my 36th birthday. Thirty-six. Damn. I don't feel 36, although is it an age anyone really feels? What does any age feel like? The other day a younger co-worker asked me how old I was going to be on my birthday. When I said 36, her face grew somber. "Wow, that is so old!" … Continue reading Pre-Birthday Thoughts