I have always lived life with intensity, and for more than twenty years I was the sole pastor in a busy church with four kids and a funeral-director husband. I was an all-star multi-tasker who never stopped long enough to take a maternity leave.
But in 2010 I had the privilege of taking a four-month sabbatical that changed my life. It gave me a taste of what it was like to rest for more than one day a week. I had time to sit at the dinner table for hours with my family, write every day, and wander through gardens with no agenda and no time limit. I began to think that slowing down long enough to stop and smell the roses wasn’t such a bad idea.
Since then I have been on a journey to live more slowly, more intentionally, and more fully. Much of the time I fail completely. Over the long haul, I trust that God might actually be teaching me a healthy rhythm of work and rest.
I am a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and completed a Doctor of Ministry in 2017. As of September 2018, I serve as the Director at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre in central Ontario. I share my life with my husband, four children and a rescue Airedale named Minnie.
Thanks for coming along as I share personal reflections and stories that grow out of my experiences in the garden and in my life. I hope that you can slow down a little, too. The roses smell wonderful.