Sunny Sunday Afternoon

It’s a beautiful, warm, sunny Mother’s Day afternoon here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve been outside this afternoon tending to the garden and now it’s time to settle in with a glass of iced tea and books.

I’m living vicariously through Margaret Roach as I read the story of how she walked away from a high-powered corporate job to live in the woods.  And I Shall Have Some Peace There has captivated my imagination as I read her solitary ruminations during her first year of living alone and getting to know the flora and fauna she shares her life with. Her gardening blog, A Way to Garden, is one of my new favorite places to visit these days.

This morning I came across Arriving: 1909-1919 (Understanding Ursula) by Corrine Jeffrey. It’s about early homesteaders in my beloved Saskatchewan. I couldn’t resist downloading the Kindle version.

Also on the go is Anne Bauer’s memoir The Sound of Hope about her experience as an adoptee. I’m relating to a lot of what Anne has to say.

(By the way, there is a new online publication called Adoption Voices Online that I’ve become a regular contributor to. It presents an array of adoption-related articles from different perspectives. You’ll find adoptive parents, adoptees, birth parents, and adoption experts. I hope you’ll check it out.)

So, it would seem the only problem I have this afternoon is choosing what to read first. Ah, if only every day was like this one. I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Mother’s Day too–no matter how you are choosing to spend it.


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. So happy to have found your blog, via my friend Christine Grote. I’m writing a memoir about growing up with a mafia father and religious fanatic mother–sort of God meets mob. Just published a draft of the first chaper this morning.

  2. Sounds like the perfect day to me. Sunshine and a day to enjoy it, doing whatever you like. Your book list sounds interesting. I hope you have a great week.

  3. First of all…. I purchased the petunia above last year and just loved it. I too loved M. Roach’s book and her gardening book A Way to Garden is still one of my favorites. Check it out if your haven’t read it. I too love her blog. Great minds think alike. I will have to check out your other links.

    1. It’s beautiful, isn’t it Christy?! We have much in common…but we knew that, didn’t we?!

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