after ‘burrow’-ing comes…

my word of 2016 was ‘burrow’. remember?

‘to dig in’,

‘to reach down deep’,

‘to surround myself with the things that make me feel safe and warm’,

‘to sort out the stuff weighing me down and emerge lighter and ready to rumble’,

and i did that

week after week in 2016, until i felt energized

and inspired. until i maybe even felt a little bit antsy for the next big thing.

then 2017 hit in all its political turmoil and dissension

but, along with that came new experiences,

new friends,

new freedom to explore,

new-to-me ideas and options.

it’s taken me nearly two months into 2017 to find the right word

but, here it is:


yup, ‘leap’.

because it is time to jump into the things

that i want, but keep telling myself i am not ready for.


the ‘not skilled enough’ ‘not brave enough’ ‘not strong enough’ headgame

is something that i always have to ‘leap’ over to get anywhere.

do you?

i love old school toys,

especially the classic fisher price and playskool things.

as i poked about 2nd hand stores, i used to pick them up for my ‘future kids’

and now my actual kids love them

(it would have been ok if they didn’t-because i love them-but they do!).

my youngest was playing with this wooden mailbox the other day.

he carried it over to me and said,

‘there’s mail for you mama’.

i looked inside

to find my ‘mail’ which was this drawing:

do you know what it is?

i didn’t, so i had to ask. my youngest said,

‘it’s you, mama. you’re a bunny.’

normally, his pictures are much clearer, so i said,

‘why am i so blurry, baby?’

and he turned to me, tipped his head to the side a bit and said,

‘because you’re leaping. bunnies leap!’

and there it is, the word of 2017 is ‘leap’. you ready?

let’s do this!

‘leap’ taken from 22:29-31 of 2nd samuel.

5 thoughts on “after ‘burrow’-ing comes…

  1. Leap is a great word for this year! Last year I chose whisper, but I haven’t thought of a new one yet, until you reminded me to do that in this post. Putting on knitted thinking cap, pulling down the earflaps, and working on this. 🙂
    p.s. I love the old toys too, and that mailbox is wonderful!

    • oh the old toys! nothing like them.

      so interesting to hear what word you land on for 2017.

      and it’s so funny that your ‘thinking cap’ has earflaps. i have been itching to suss out an ear flap hat pattern…maybe with long flaps with lots of motion…

      • My word for 2017 is path. I am currently thinking a lot about what to do with my life. I’m needing something, not sure what, to change my path toward more activity, more interaction, more usefulness. Truly I am not ungrateful for what I have in my life now, but I need to follow a path out into the world more.
        I could use a snug ear flapped hat. I’ll be watching to see what you come up with! I still think about Nock and how to make a hat to match the scarf…

        • wow! what a great word for your year. i pray that you find the direction you’re asking for. and in between other projects, i keep thinking back to ‘nock’ as a hat, too. if you make any progress on that idea, please do let me know.

          • This morning at our church, the pastor was talking about paths! Sometimes God just blows my mind. 🙂 I should get back to thinking seriously about Nock. I had something drawn but I think I pitched it. :/.

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