you know when you are going through something that is not fun, and there are little glimpses of hope along the way? i have been feeling a little discouraged lately, life has been a little overwhelming. but in the midst of that, there have been really wonderful moments: friends emailing to check on me, out-of-town guests encouraging me, and a quiet walk through the snow to help me sort out my thoughts a little. i forgot about how bright winter nights actually are, and was delighted to be stopped in my journey to watch a train pass up close. i am reconciled, for now, with this season.