Closing Out

Our home feels different this morning. It is the first morning since before Christmas that it’s just been the two of us (three of us, if you count Maya) waking up. It has been a full and joyous season, but I am looking forward to a good measure of silence, solitude, and stillness.

I’m going to gift myself with a cup of coffee, and time alone to browse at the bookstore today. There’s a little something there I’ve had on my mind that might come home with me—a nerdy word-girl thing that few would appreciate. I’m going to settle on my word for 2019 (I’m 95% committed) and start working on my Rule of Life (something new this year). And I might clean the bathroom and wash the floor (unlikely).

We don’t celebrate the occasion around here—there is zero chance I’ll be awake to welcome 2019–but I do appreciate the opportunity to take stock, clear my virtual and physical desk, and set intentions for the coming months. I’m behind this year (see: I haven’t been alone since before Christmas) but that’s okay. All will unfold in good time.

I am deeply grateful as we close out this year that was not without some pretty tough stuff that brought me to my knees. It has been a year of immeasurable gifts too—the good and the not-so-good, that’s how life goes. It is in the knowing, and growing, and coming to understand more deeply the love of the Creator where the real blessing comes. And so it has been that way this year.

Thank you for coming by and reading my simple words here. I appreciate your comments (I’m still chewing on one made early in 2018–so much so that it made its way into my new book. Never doubt the power of words to influence a life.) and the connections made.

I wish you all a grand last day of this year, and God’s richest blessings for the one to come


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Happy New Year, Linda!

  2. Hoping the solitude is both fruitful and restful, and that you feel nourished as you head into 2019. Sending warmest good wishes!

    1. Thank you, Alexa. Wishing you the best for 2019.

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