life is magic

  • they look like dreams;

    Dena April 24, 2019

    “My mouth is a fire escape. The words coming out don’t know that they are naked there is something burning in here.” –Andrea Gibson December// We are sitting in a hot tub in the dead of winter, falling in love. It is far below freezing…

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  • 2019: A Year of Abundance

    Dena January 9, 2019

    2015: Survive 2016: Bravery 2017: Strength 2018: Build 2019: Abundance My words of the year, these last five years, tell a story. My story of surviving, of bravery, of strength, of rebuilding, and of — at last — thriving in the abundance that God has…

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  • Heart Spill & Halloween 2018

    Dena November 14, 2018

    How are you, friends? I am a few weeks late posting these snaps from Halloween & trick-or-treating. But here they are. It was such a magical night. Marina’s ghost costume actually lit up. So once the sun started to set, she was glowing. It was…

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  • Carving a Pumpkin on Halloween Eve

    Dena November 1, 2018

    It is November 1st, the morning after Halloween. There is a sadness in my heart now that my favorite time has passed. Yet, at the same time, the beautiful enormity of the memories that we made this year warm my heart to joy. Now that…

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  • diary: leaves are falling

    Dena October 24, 2018

    “The leaves are all falling. And they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” –Andrea Gibson Some days feel too good to be real. An old friend comes back into my life, someone that I loved once and love still. When we are…

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  • Apple Picking & Fog Magic & Letting Go

    Dena October 5, 2018

    Hello, my beautiful friends! I can hardly believe that the first week of October has already slipped through my fingers. Warm weather and summer temperatures have been sticking around here, but still, there are signs of autumn’s arrival all around us. Cool, wet air in…

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  • A Hot Day at the Fair

    Dena August 6, 2018

    Yesterday we made our annual family trip to the county fair. Now I’ve been going to this particular fair for as long as I can remember, and being that it’s in August, it is always hot. However, yesterday took things to a whole other level.…

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  • Carnival Magic

    Dena July 23, 2018

    Last week our town’s annual summer carnival came to town. There is nothing in the world like the excitement that builds as we see the big red & white carnival tent go up and the rides start to fill in the empty spaces in the…

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  • Memorial Day Weekend // 2018

    Dena May 30, 2018

    My extended family on my father’s side has property in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I grew up in this place, celebrating warm weather holidays in the magic of these mountains. Our family calls this place “The Property,” a space where you are surrounded…

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