In every twig and twinkle….

In all of your magic making,
yes and no saying,
errand running,
carol humming,
burden lifting,
option sifting,

picture taking,
merry making,
sky gazing,
crowd braving,
memory building,
hassle having,
heart salving,

 truth speaking,
quiet keeping,
sniffle tending,
love mending,
clutter busting,
mystery trusting,

card sending,
time bending,
idea trying
instead of buying,
storm weathering,
family gathering,
stocking stuffing,
trust for enoughing,

list making,
breath taking,
just keep singing…..

-deep breath-

please remember
that even with dirty popcorn ceilings and wobbles and whoopsies,
your rustic handmade love that isn’t polished or perfect
and the gag reel of your life that sometimes isn’t all that funny,
you are,
without excuse or disclaimer,
In a big way.

I hope you can feel it this season,
the love that surrounds you in every twig and twinkle.


“May your coming year be filled
with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful
and don’t forget to make some art
-write or draw or build or sing
or live as only you can.
And I hope,  somewhere in the next year,
you surprise yourself.”
-Neil Gaiman

I’ve loved these giveaways and wish I could do it always and forever
for each of you
(this week the winner is Relyn of Come Sit by my Fire.
You’ll be welcome and glad if you do)
You mean a whole heap to me,  each of you.


  1. Elephant's Child on December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Yet another gorgeous post – and Neil Gaiman is one of my heroes.
    Love amd magic wishes are wending your way. Beauty has already found you.

  2. Sharon leaf on December 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    i always feel so young and lighthearted after reading your lovely blogs. Such a love for beauty in both words and pictures you have, my friend.

  3. Julia Bourque on December 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I love your lighthearted post which seems busy but always in the moment enjoying all the happenings.

    I hope that you are warming up by the fire, sipping on some hot drink in good company or with a good book.
    Thanks for your sweet words.

  4. Judy Hartman on December 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Love, love, love it – and you, my dear Jennifer. A perfect take on the busyness of the season -deep breath- all circling back to the reason behind it all – love. Your writing, and the big heart from which it flows, are the sweetest gift I could have. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts with us. xo

  5. Sue on December 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I love reading your blog in the morning- it lifts me up for the whole day!!

  6. rachel awes on December 3, 2013 at 5:30 am

    “good madness”…yes.
    thank you, friend, for your always-wonderful words.

  7. Lynn Wilkinson on December 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I was beginning to panic as I busy myself with all the determined hand-made with what I have on gifts for the season. I have accumulated so much stuff and it’s been a while since I have played with my art. But your blog this week put my heart at ease and reminded me to slow down and just move through the day, take a lot of deep breath, practice and it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s made with love (can’t forget the love in the process of the making). I love love love your reminders of life and all the things that tempt us to distraction, you bring back to what is true and real.

  8. Jema on December 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    In “truth speaking” and “mystery trusting” we journey in this life. Wishing you joy and sparkle, just as you bring me every visit of your blog!

  9. kathryn on December 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    reading your words and looking at your photos is always such a joy!!! and i will breathe!!

  10. Kathy on December 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Ah! This is so wonderful!!!!! How do you entice me so well, to always say honestly, “this is my favorite post and poem”?!!

  11. Bren on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    You always make me pause and smile, ‘the gag reel of life’ love that 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas with those you love

  12. Susan on December 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Whew!! All that and wonderful wishes plus glorious images … as always, I thank you for sharing your beauty.

  13. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on December 6, 2013 at 1:10 am

    The light coming from your words and your images is so bright Thank you so much xo

  14. Wanda on December 6, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Sweet friend reading your words is like receiving soul juice and virtual hugs. Wishing you an abundance of grace, love, and joy my dear.

  15. Kimber Britner on December 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

    So perfect! I can feel the tingle of sweetness in every syllable as you recount time. Much happiness this season making your merry’s bright!

  16. S. Etole on December 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Delighted for Relyn. Your words create a happy dance in this season.

  17. Barbara on December 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you for the reminder to take time to breathe and relish this season that can so easily become too stressful and unfocused!! Wishing you nothing but beauty in love!

  18. Kathy Anne on December 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Did you write this just for me? It sure feels like it! Thanks for the love!

  19. jeanie on December 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love every single word of this post — a good reminder in those stressed times. I’m assuming that is your tree with the lovely ornament and star at the top. It looks just lovely.

    This is one I will save — we need to remind ourselves and you picked the perfect words!

  20. Donna on December 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Keep the love coming Jennifer…we so appreciate it.

  21. Donna on December 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Keep the love coming Jennifer…we so appreciate it.

  22. Connie Smiley on December 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you, Jennifer! I do feel it in God’s love that surrounds us, and in every twinkling gerund you write!

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