The year the answer was right in my hand

We spent a week in exile away from home during the bomb cyclone that had swept through Northeast. With the temperature way below zero in Fahrenheit, it resembled Siberia. It was truly a free visit to Siberian lands. Our well water and pipes froze and we lost power periodically. We left home when the power…

Native State

How do you even begin to describe moments like this? When there is such silent pause that you don’t hear a single ticking of the clock, as if you are caught in the sweet web of eternity? The moment feels so ethereal. The words such as rest, retreat, relaxation, surrender fill your mind and you…

Canon Cure

Originally posted on lilyboat:
There are many variations of Pachelbels’ Canon. I have some that I frequent to aid me during some of my major mood variations. They each have their own benefits WITHOUT any side effects-as far as I know-. * Mood stabilizer: It starts out quiet, then rises to a crescendo, and stays…

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Can you see those two speckles flying among the trees? Those are dry leaves, not birds. And look how blue the sky is today. It’s the kind of day when outside is warmer than the inside of my old country home. I found two hours free to myself this afternoon (thanks to my daughter taking…

He is Walking with Us

I went to my local parish, to visit the historic chapel to sit in prayer quietly. I had two hours free to myself before I picked up my daughter, and within those two hours, I had to: 1. pick up salt at the grocery market 2. pray. 3. Meet P, my angel sent from God…

Legacy of Faith

For the first time since my grandmother passed away, I got to have a couple of hours to myself. I came home after dropping my daughter off at her school, and went outside with hot coffee to warm me up. This empty land out in my backyard, overlooking the untamed woods, is far from a…

Warm Corner

You got to have a warm corner where you can cocoon inside and nurture your soul. I have such several places throughout my small country house. This morning, I found myself curled up here in this comfortable corner of my couch in the living room. Covered in my white winter blanket with white cushion supporting…

See you again, Grandma

Today, my grandma wakes up in her new home, heaven. It was a drizzly rainy day all day. On my drive back home from the airport after dropping my mom off for her flight to Korea, I couldn’t stop crying. I now realize that I was mourning in grief during that hour-long drive home. It…

Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock

¬†Clock is ticking slow today. My daughter started coughing two nights ago and we are spending the first day of November inside the house all day. My expectation for this special day suddenly evaporated and all my agendas disappeared. Once the discouragement sank in and I quickly processed the disappointment of a full day in…

Sacred Morning

In the Morning Light by Yanni Every morning, I walk to my front gate to get my newspaper. This small, mundane act has so much meaning to me. I wake up every morning with so much anticipation to start the day. Just the thought of sitting down with my morning paper on my white dining…