To the mommas of cowboys dads of preschool pirates Warrior princess’ parents who chase behind heroes as their little hands slay dragons, defeat giants fearless, free To the ones who raise fiery, passionate stubborn and smart infuriating and endearing future leaders mind-changers earth-shakers To the tears you’ve shed talking down tantrums offering hugs, taking hits […]
You know you’re attending a good church when the teaching seems incredibly relevant, so timely and appropriate for your own life, that from time to time you actually feel a little attacked. Please raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Regina George, ahem, I mean your pastor. This is not a […]
A pile of postcards stacked tall in my mind Vignettes of side streets, market squares, store fronts, glimpses of roads I’ve traveled by For a moment in my mind’s eye they appear just a flicker a misplaced frame wholly recognizable I’ve been there, I know I can place the city, the road –I remember those […]
Here I sit, late at night, finally opening up a blank document on my laptop. It’s been months. Literally. My baby is now almost four months old, the “fourth trimester” is officially over, life is slowly settling into a new normal, and I’m learning how to be a mother of two while still being a […]
I woke up this morning to snow. Snow they said would come, would accumulate, but I shrugged stubbornly, wrote off the possibility. I woke up expecting the soft morning light to shimmer through the dew on the returning green of our lawn, to look out and check the progress of spring buds and returning wildlife. […]
Everyone’s up already, on this oddly warm February day. I take my morning coffee to the front porch rockers – dust off a few winter months of disuse – gather a wool blanket around my legs and breathe deep the damp, fresh air. The moment I sat, still, I sensed the morning rush, thick […]
My brother and step-dad do what our family calls the Cold Walk. When the temperature drops and the wind picks up, their shoulders rise to their ears until their necks disappear. Hunched over and frowning, they trudge like upright turtles into the bitter air. The Cold Walk. Ohio winter tends to be equal parts windy, […]
Today is one of those rare, delicious January days where a front moves in, the snow thaws, and the smell of dirt is in the air. It’s currently 55°F outside, gray, and rainy – the perfect weather for flinging open the windows, letting that damp breeze refresh your lungs, and curling up with a great […]
Few people will deny the magic and wonder that is pregnancy. A new life, quietly growing and developing, hidden away in serene safety. The part that is the most magical to me, and also – let’s face it – the weirdest, is feeling the baby move. In my current pregnancy I’ve able to feel the little […]
A few weeks ago, when I came up with the idea of a new blog, fiiiiiinally settled on a name, and then built this website you’re reading now, I was brimming with energy and excitement. I’ve realized that I really enjoy the process and act of writing. First of all, it involves so many of […]
Hi there, I’m Leslie, the person behind Sift & Steep. Thanks for spending some time here!
At Sift & Steep you can expect to find whatever is floating around in my mind or keeping me going these days – a mix of stories, poems, daily life, travel and adventure, and the things that make my heart full. Check out the About link in the menu above for more about me and Sift & Steep.