• faith,  moments from my weekend

    LET THEM EAT CAKE (and how turning 25 makes me feel entitled to monologue on God and beauty)

    I’m a sucker for Marie-Antoinette. I still remember walking the grounds of Versailles and exploring where this young Austrian woman came to be Queen of France. My fascination is rooted in a heart moved by beauty. Sure, the opulence was extreme, and led to her demise. No question there. Yet, there is still something to be said for a heart that is seeking beauty. So often I am satisfied with what is average. Our hearts are restless until we rest in true and perfect beauty. We’re broken and we seek joy in beauty in all the wrong places, but when you find it in the One who makes all things…

  • inspirational,  moments from my weekend

    GETTING HIT BY BRICKS

    This weekend I felt as though bricks were being hurled at me. Many little melt downs occurred, and I was scared looking to the future, but you know what? I was thinking an awful lot about myself and what I was feeling. Life is so much more than our hurt feelings. We are breathed into this world and offered a chance to love and receive love. There is still a rubble of bricks remaining from this weekend’s stoning of my spirit, but they landed around a beautiful garden and I saw that my favourite flowers were in bloom. So I went and cut some to adorn the dining table. That…

  • moments from my weekend

    MOMENTS FROM MY WEEKEND

    I’m a sucker for good lighting, and it’s been sparse this winter. I leave for work and it’s dark, and it’s only very recently that I’ve been coming back from work with some sunlight left in the day. The warmth and beauty of the light really took me by surprise on my train ride this weekend. I was trying to make most of the time on the train to unplug a little and do some reading (the magazine in my picture is Bella Grace, which I highly recommend because it is aaaamazing). I haven’t been noticing the beauty around me as much lately to my chagrin. Yet, it’s in those…

  • faith,  moments from my weekend

    LAZY SUNDAY MORNING

    Happy New Year and thanks for dropping by. I haven’t been very faithful to my little corner of the internet and I want to apologize. You see, writing brings me joy and I want to be faithful to Him who brings me joy. I want to be faithful to this space He’s given me to create what is utile dulci. I want to write and photograph beautiful things, cultivating and sharing what is useful and agreeable. I’ve had a rough Fall on all fronts: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I have now entered a season of joy and am so happy to see this season of grief as being behind me.…

  • 613 Ottawa City,  moments from my weekend

    MOMENTS FROM MY WEEKEND

    My life’s been a whirlwind of insanity, but in the midst of it I’ve had a lot of peace. I know I’m only staying above the surface of the tide thanks to the time I’ve been fighting to keep for silence, for meditation. This weekend I found some of that peace exploring the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park. The pictures don’t do it justice. Some seasons are heavy in responsibility, but it always helps to remember that we have a choice to make it that: a season.┬áIf your life feels too crazy, you can keep the crazy up and drown or you can have a mini anxiety attack to…