mothering

Oct 26th, 2018 A Year on The Porch arstanley 1 min read

Motherhood… it’s meant a lot of things to me… Joy. Amazement. Fullness. Love. Love beyond expression. Sorrow. Anger. Worry. Disruption. • You can look at disruption as a bad thing or you can refocus it to a positive. I’ve spent over 10 months analyzing and implementing “presence” into my life. We’ve had a lot of disruptions this year. Some bad. Job loss. Church loss. Medical…

generosity

Oct 20th, 2018 A Year on The Porch arstanley 2 min read

A few years ago, my bible study/book study group read a series by James Bryan Smith that changed the way I see things. One of his analogies was of watching the birds in the winter eat berries from the bushes in his backyard. I see this play out in my life, time and again. I, too, have a tree in my backyard that fills with…

a moment in passing

Oct 14th, 2018 A Year on The Porch arstanley 2 min read

I’m having one of those moments where you feel yourself on the edge of something new. A new discovery. A new place. A new revelation. A new story to tell. . Gavyn smashed his finger in the front door. It was bad. I’m not great with blood and there was alot of it. I had to have the oldest ride with us, holding Gavyn’s hand…