Dec 20, 2022

What I’ve Learned in Losing My Dad

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We’ve often talked about “what matters” together, focusing our lives and actions on what we hope will last. Loss is one of those experiences that shows you clearly—painfully—what actually holds lasting value in our days. I wrote these reflections as my dad was in the hospital, as he transitioned to hospice, and in the moments following his death. I was struck by my own experience and what truly mattered in the end. While everyone’s experience is different—truly—I hope these reflections…

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Dec 2, 2022

Our Favorite Christmas Books: Classic and New

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“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Ahh, Christmas books. Their words have shaped our families, our culture, and our hearts over many generations. Old and new, great holiday books have a way of illuminating the season and what matters most. And, some of them are just plain fun and nostalgic. I’ve…

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Dec 1, 2022

December Goals + How I’m Prepping for 2023

I heard the bells on Christmas DayTheir old, familiar carols play,And wild and sweetThe words repeatOf peace on earth, goodwill to men!– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Friends, it’s a bittersweet month. I knew it would be. I miss dad of course – he loved Christmas. He loved Handel’s “Messiah.” He loved just being together. December also holds treasured experiences I’ve known for over a quarter of my life with Cultivate. I miss the rhythms I’ve known for 10+ years: helping you…

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Nov 18, 2022

Holiday Gifts + Our Christmas This Year

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Grief is hard, friends! (I know, not your typical way to start a Gift Guide!) Well, it is. I don’t have lovely words to share about it, just what’s true: grief is hard and it hits me out of nowhere when I think I feel perfectly fine. But, as the song say, I get by with a little help from my friends. 🙂 Many friends have sent meaningful gifts in this season, a few of which I shared in my…

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Nov 4, 2022

November Goals

Our twilight month November is,The evening of the year.The brilliant summer noontide leftA pallor soft and clear.Dame Winter brings with quiet graceHer curtains all of snow,And pins them deftly into placeWith boughs of mistletoe.– Ruby Archer Hello, November. Hello, brilliant leaves. Hello, change. Hello, healing. October was good for the soul: we finished our fall garden planting, took a trip to the state fair (the agriculture and livestock are our favorite parts!), watched the leaves turn, and had our first-ever…

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