Trust, Sukkos, and Snow

It's there, lurking in the forecast for this week and the weekend with cute little gradeschool snowflakes to denote the days it might happen.  Those innocent looking little snowflakes belie the fact that we don't yet have studded tires on the truck and that we'll be spending 3 days this week in the Shabbat RV … Continue reading Trust, Sukkos, and Snow

3 Day Yom Tovs!

I'm not sure, but I think my first year observing Jewish holidays was one that had several 3 day Yom Tovs in it.  If not, then it was at least when I was still very shaky in observing them.  This oddity happens when a 2 day Yom Tov (holiday) falls either right before or right … Continue reading 3 Day Yom Tovs!

The Long Arctic Rest

The mountains exhale into the chilly morning air long breaths of mist ancient rocky shoulders relaxing summer's rush fading into memory The geese have flown and the swans follow following the sun's steady retreat they seek warmer skies leaving us to slow into fall The summer rush ebbs, a tide receding those of us who … Continue reading The Long Arctic Rest

The View Of Virginia From Alaska

The Sabbath still ends pretty late up here.  Havdalah was at 11:35 last night and we weren't done until later.  There were a lot of visitors this weekend and things ran a little late.  By chance, we opted to drive home after havdalah, to sleep in our own beds instead of the RV.  I came … Continue reading The View Of Virginia From Alaska

I Woke Before the Dawn Today

The sun's long reign has all but ended the day dawns later dark, rainy, a chilly pricking at my face the clouds are low the mountains hidden The sun was arrogant stealing away the night overreaching, grasping too far now, the night spies her chance she begins to push him to retreat Creation senses the … Continue reading I Woke Before the Dawn Today

Forward Progress and How Faith Makes Me a Better Engineer

First of all, for those who follow my blog, I have a tiny seed of hope I've begun carefully nurturing that our long conversion journey may have a end in sight.  Not now, not soon, but that there is a clearer path forward for us.  I go between being very excited about it and not … Continue reading Forward Progress and How Faith Makes Me a Better Engineer

A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

This past Shabbos was our 5th wedding anniversary.  I made my husband his favorite pie and, before Shabbos, his mother and stepfather called and sang us a "happy anniversary" song.  Beyond that, that was all that marked the occasion.  I found myself sadly transported back to 5 years ago in my heart and mind, again … Continue reading A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

We're full into summer here in the subarctic and nearing the summer solstice.  In other places, that's not really a big deal, but here each solstice is an event because it means either the sun is coming back or it is finally going to wane.  This far north, the sun behaves so much more like … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

A Shabbos to Bottle Up Time

The best laid plans can all be upended by a single plaintive cry from someone smaller than myself.  Her eyes had that glazed over look and her cheeks were flushed in that way every mother is familiar with and I knew, in an instant, down to my gut that despite all the carefully packed Shabbos … Continue reading A Shabbos to Bottle Up Time

Shabbos and the Tale of the Galloping Ransomware

Sometimes, Shabbos is a good time for those old school scary stories.  There's often a Chassidic tale you can find about a golem or something and those kinds of stories are always better on a dark night with a little candlelight. Except it doesn't really get dark now.  The sun is the same when I … Continue reading Shabbos and the Tale of the Galloping Ransomware

Menuchah and Watts

Every moment is precious and is the only thing we really have in this life. I've been enjoying my Menuchas Hanefesh studies immensely.  The mindfulness that observance brings to everyday life was a big part of what initially drew me to Judaism and this study only digs deeper into that idea. Interestingly enough, it also … Continue reading Menuchah and Watts