Sticky Christmas to You!

Christmas: A Blur of Boxes and Bows Lasting Gifts If I had to sum up my childhood Christmas memories in one word, the word would be slippery. Anticipation built like a stubborn fever, depriving me of sleep as I stared out the window from my bed, straining my ear for the sound of sleighbells flying through […]


Giving Tastes Like Turkey

Love Offering. Thanksgiving, 2012. A Secret I Kept From Myself Rich and I host Thanksgiving every year. We’ve hosted it every year of our married life, beginning in 2007, just two months after our wedding. I love it. The usual suspects are my brother and his family, my sister and her family, and my dad […]


Enough Already!

Barely. Barely is Enough. Brownies, Cocoa, and Sufficiency Lost in the brownie-baking ritual, I greased a pair of well-loved pans, fitted a paddle to my red Kitchenaid stand mixer, measured sugar into its bowl. As the butter and sugar whirled and spun to spectral creaminess, I reached for the cocoa box. Its near-weightlessness stunned me. […]


>Oaks, Grace, Sufficiency, and Abundance

> J.D. Retrieving Beneath the Oaks: Abundant, Growing, Small. May, 2011 More Than we can Use Our neighborhood is adorned with magnificent oak trees. Quercus agrifolia, the Coast Live Oak, grows in our yard, our neighborhood, the state and national parklands nearby. They form an arcade over the country road that leads through Live Oak […]


Oaks, Grace, Sufficiency, and Abundance

J.D. Retrieving Beneath the Oaks: Abundant, Growing, Small. May, 2011 More Than we can Use Our neighborhood is adorned with magnificent oak trees. Quercus agrifolia, the Coast Live Oak, grows in our yard, our neighborhood, the state and national parklands nearby. They form an arcade over the country road that leads through Live Oak Canyon […]