Photo: Julia Ozab

It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m ready for a break.

Getting Anna ready for her first communion, spending the day at the hospital with Julia, taking care of everything around the house while she took a few days to recover, taking Anna to her best friend’s birthday party, and accompanying her on her field trip. Then today, we decorated Anna’s school for a big event next week. And in the midst of all this busyness, I’m trying my best to write 500 words each day. Most days, I’m successful.

But I need a break.

We have an ongoing tradition where we go to Hendricks Park to see the rhododendrons every Mother’s Day. This year we had to postpone—Julia wasn’t up to it last Sunday. So we’re going tomorrow morning.

And perhaps, like five years ago, I’ll be inspired to write about it. But even if I’m not, the break will clear my head and make my other writing come more easily.

Because we all need a break now and then.

See you Monday!

Lisa-Jo Baker took her own break from Five Minute Friday this week, inspiring some of the regulars to write on the prompt “break.” This week the link-up can be found here. Next week it returns to its usual home …

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A Prayer for Spring

Rows of tulips in various colors.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (Photo: Julia Ozab)

God, as I look around I see so many signs of new life. I know that it happens every spring, but it still seems surprising that the very patch of ground that I stared at in the winter, the very patch of ground that was cold and hard and barren, the very patch of ground that was covered by a blanket of snow, the very patch of ground that looked completely lifeless, is now bursting with life.

God, there are places in my own life that seem cold and hard and barren, and dead, and sometimes it seems that nothing will ever be able to change that. But I know that with you everything is possible. You can bring life to even the parts of our lives that seem the most dead. The disciples found that out on Easter Sunday, when Jesus bloomed from the tomb.

Help me to trust in your power to change, and help me to prepare the soil of my soul for your new life, every season of the year, every day of the month, and every minute of the day.


Fr. James Martin SJ


Spring Flowers

Blue and yellow flowers

Photo: Julia Ozab

Today is the first day of Spring, and what’s Spring without flowers?
To get an early start on the season, we drove out west of Junction City last Sunday to The Long Tom Grange Hall to see their annual Daffodil Drive Festival.

Each year the third weekend in March thousands of visitors from Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, and beyond flock to Ferguson Road in Junction City to view mile after county mile of golden daffodils and enjoy a day of family activities. Over the years the festival has grown from one day to two, adding new features each year.

Free entertainment, a classic car display, wagon rides, art show, cinnamon rolls, quilt displays, craft booths, and of course, all the daffodils are just a few of the things that draw people of all ages.

Anna brought her camera and took pictures too.

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