When I was a little girl, my maternal grandmother built a large dollhouse from a kit she purchased from the local hobby store. It was a grand Tudor with working lights, plush carpets, and a roof that lifted up to peer into the attic. On the walls, my grandmother hung tiny framed portraits of her four grandchildren. I loved this dollhouse.
It was always clear to me, however, that touching it was not for tiny fingers. Instead, I explored it with sight–every inch, every nook, was a thrilling visual discovery. That dollhouse was a magical world unto its own. Because of the world that my grandmother created, I have always loved “little things”, and I continue to feel today that fantastical pull toward awe and wonder.
In many ways, so much of my adult life now harkens back to that dollhouse. I, by profession, am a Storyteller. I create worlds for others by weaving rich tales. I am also, by profession, one who engages with others in the power and process of awe and wonder. As a Director of Faith Development in a liberal religious tradition, I helped others cultivate discovery within their own spiritual development. This I did in a large congregational setting. Now as a Spiritual Director, I do the same for those I serve, only on a much smaller scale. This I do one-on-one.
Our home, which we lovingly refer to as EverAfter, is a celebration of another type of miniature world that we have created as a family. We are, in essence, the story writers of our own little life together. We keep chickens in a tiny coop, tiny goats graze in tidy paddocks, and our tiny home rests in the midst of it all, sheltering us from the temperamental weather of the North Coast.
This is the miniature world that we now share with you. This is a blog of self-discovery, and our services offered to help you along the way of your own spiritual development, lain atop a tapestry woven from the universal language of story and the magical and mystical world here in EverAfter.