Monthly Archives: January 2017

Birthday Presence

The name Natalie is said to mean “Christmas child” or “Christmas birthday.” Fittingly, I was born on January 7th, only 13 days after Christmas.  However, as I get older, I find it harder and harder to wish for actual birthday presents.  Experiencing Christmas with my family, husband, and three children has literally filled my house, closet, […]

Lovely Thing ~ Winter Sky

On most winter days, we can look out the window and solemnly hum, “all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.” It’s tempting to pull the curtains and find solace in hot cocoa, flannel pajamas, and Netflix, but don’t miss the loveliness of a winter sky. While an endless silver sky can provide […]

Oh, My Word

Instead of making new year resolutions, I’ve adopted the practice of dedicating the entire year to a single word. The idea is that the word becomes your personal theme, motto, or intention for everything you do throughout the new year.  In previous years, my words have included gratitude, simplicity, and light. Each year, I get […]