I’ll be watching the windows on the day they arrive. When I see my husband’s truck pull up, returned from the airport full of people I cherish, I’ll run outside, scoop the smaller ones into my arms and spin. In the ensuing days, we’ll eat and laugh, work puzzles and talk. Roam the fields and woods. Over turkey and spuds, salads and pie, I’ll pour them Love from my deepest pitcher.

The next week they’ll fly away again.

Then, gradually, our time together—the memories that I’ve stowed into every room, every square inch of attic and crawlspace, every garage and barn in my heart—will revise or dim or shrink in life’s frothy contrail.

Like all memories do. Good and bad. Yours. Mine.

While we soar toward someday’s wonder, which lasts a whole lot longer.


“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” —Psalm 16:11


“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man,

and He will dwell with them.

They will be His people,

and God Himself will be with them as their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,

and there will be no more death

or mourning or crying or pain,

for the former things have passed away.” —Revelation 21:3-4


With family visiting and my new book’s manuscript due at the publisher on January 2, I’ll be away from this blog and most of social media for awhile, plunging into story edits, playing dominoes and making pies with favorite people. Meet me back here early January?

Blessings and love to each of you. So glad you’re here.


Until then, pics!


“When you come together, each one has a hymn . . .”

—1 Corinthians 14:26


How to let go.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

—Isaiah 26:3



And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid . . .”
—Matthew 10:30-31



“For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”

—1 Corinthians 2:10


And some throwbacks for you:

Blackberry, sugar-dipped.



“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

—John 14:27


Tithe Weir.

“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

—Malachi 3:10


Like Hannibal.

(Sunrise has officially crossed Mt. Baker)

“. . . my God turns my darkness into light.”

—Psalm 18:28b


Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

7 thoughts on “Plunging.

  1. So excited for you and your family to be together!
    Congratulations on all that’s happening with your books
    Wishing you peace and joy during this Christmas season.
    “See” you in Januari 😍🙏🏻


  2. Congratulations Cheryl on the New Publishers, and Your Book Being up For Being on the list of First Novels.
    Enjoy Your Family Home For Thanksgiving .
    Will Miss Our Saturday’s .
    Love Joni


  3. I love scrolling through your photos and reading your Saturday updates. All of your photos are spectacular, but my goodness that trumpeter photo above is glorious. Made my day to see it.

    Congratulations for Sugar Birds being a Christy Award finalist. I thoroughly enjoyed reading that story and look forward to getting immersed in Chalk Horse.

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