birthday, celebration, community, love

Birthday Bliss

Lily Chang © 2019 Celebrating four birthdays will conclude very soon. Today, in fact. Lily Chang © 2019 Having so many birthdays together has taken no small amount of time and has been exhausting. Planning and making time for such events, in already hectic schedules we keep, was tough. But I wouldn't change it for… Continue reading Birthday Bliss

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Instant Perfection

Somehow we've become a culture that expects things to turn out the way we want without much effort or many tries. Maybe some of the influence comes from social media. We have only patience enough for a snapshot of things, whether in words or in picture form. Seeing DIY videos, where things seem so fast… Continue reading Instant Perfection

catastrophe, community, life, rebuilding

Catastrophe Converted

Watching a live feed of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames took me emotionally back to when I saw the smoke from the Twin Towers billowing and then collapse to the ground. I couldn't draw anything except short breaths. My heart raced. I might have even gritted my teeth. The fires grew. Angry red, orange,… Continue reading Catastrophe Converted

Crazy Rich Asians, love, sacrificial love, The Phantom of the Opera

Long-Suffering Love

Recently, watching Crazy Rich Asians made me think more about how far people go to love, really love someone, even to the point of saying "goodbye." Many of you know I'm very fond of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. Before going any further, i should warn you I'll be giving some spoilers, regarding… Continue reading Long-Suffering Love

life, unique, upside down

Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

I've been reading three books, two on any given evening to the kiddos at bedtime: The British version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, and Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker's Dracul. In Mary Poppins, we recently read and listened to Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins' visit to her cousin, Arthur… Continue reading Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

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Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

Over the weekend, I was at the Denver Performing Arts Center's Boettcher Concert Hall for the DYAO (Denver Young Artists Orchestra) Spectacular, where conductor, composer, and arranger David Mairs talked about his World Premiere piece, "Dreamdancing." He talked about how it was his heart song, and he ended by encouraging all of us to write… Continue reading Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

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My Miracle Musings

In 2011, life circumstances had spiraled toward intolerable and threatened what was well and good. I quickly found myself becoming a single parent to two small kiddos with two on the way. That's right, at seven weeks, I found out I was not only pregnant but had three hearts beating inside me. We went from… Continue reading My Miracle Musings