Favorite Word(s)
unswerving, evocative, hallowed, darling, fealty, tatterdemalion
Who am I?

I'm Aisling (pronounced Ash-LEEN). It's a gaelic name, meaning "dream, or vision." I'm half Irish, and half a lot of other W. European ethnicities, and I love it.

I'm the second of five--four sisters, and a little adopted Colombian brother. Between them and my parents, I'm crazy blessed. I couldn't ask for a better family.  

I am Roman Catholic. Catholicism to me is a way of life. What I believe about God is what gives meaning to everything else. The Incarnation--that God has become a human being like me and pitched His tent among us--is what wakes me up and lays me down and fills the in-between. 

I was homeschooled all the way. I loved it. I am every day more convinced how integral it is to the authenticity, maturity, and capability of an individual to have a wholistic, structured, personal, faith-based, and meaningful education. 

I love life. And the little things that make is so beautiful. Like garlic bread, barely-ripe fruit, jewish rye, white pizza, coconut macaroons, pesto, herbal tea...good smells, like books, crayons, rain, olive oil, shea butter...earthy colors like dark olivey greens, browns, rosebud pink, slate blue and navy, auburn, and grey...trees, especially willows, sycamores, tulip poplars, and, especially acoustic guitar, piano, bongos, tinwhistles, violins, hornpipes, waltzes, Strauss, Rich Mullins (greatest Christian song artist of all time), Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools, Jon Foreman, swing music, and traditional Irish...literature, J. R. R. Tolkien (my all-time favorite author), C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, George MacDonald, Elizabeth George Speare, George Eliot, Meriol Trevor, Allen French, Charles Brady, Wendell Berry, and Charles Dickens.

In my leisure time I read and write and sometimes sketch things. I also like taking photos, making greeting cards, playing badminton, watching good movies, playing music, and ceili dancing. I love good poetry. I love baking. I love going barefoot. I love watching stars. I love holding a baby, and having their "whole world fall asleep on my shoulder" (I can't remember where I heard that...a poem somewhere). I love standing before an ocean, half thrilling and half terrified at how huge and how powerful it is. I love falling asleep in a puddle of moonlight. I love having into-the-wee-hours sister talks in bed.I love praying, writing :), being with my family. I love loving life.

adoration Jun 10, 2010
pilgrimage May 21, 2010
all the way to heaven Oct 14, 2009
creative writing Sep 10, 2009
a song about life Aug 3, 2009
Tommy MacMaster Jun 10, 2009
given Apr 3, 2009
redemption Mar 24, 2009
to live everything Jan 6, 2009
October at Home Nov 6, 2008
to live Oct 5, 2008
home Sep 9, 2008
half empty Sep 9, 2008
Eire Aug 12, 2008
cold stone castle Jul 25, 2008
walking home Jun 21, 2008
I never knew Apr 23, 2008
wanderer Mar 16, 2008
i left in a hurry Feb 11, 2008
on the eve of nineteen Dec 21, 2007
and one white dove Oct 16, 2007
All You Dreamed Oct 2, 2007
broken feet Aug 26, 2007
old world Aug 9, 2007
On Life and Love May 19, 2007
excerpts May 8, 2007
Holy Ground Jan 2, 2007
september Sep 6, 2006
Rhapsody in Green Jul 21, 2006
Go in peace... Jun 1, 2006
Half-full of Heaven Mar 27, 2006
Anything You Want Feb 23, 2006
What is Beauty? Feb 1, 2006
silence Nov 3, 2005
The Wizard's Ball Sep 24, 2005
Reflections Sep 8, 2005
inspiration Jun 29, 2005
free Apr 21, 2005
Thoughts on John Mar 16, 2005
New Year's Eve Prayer Jan 1, 2005
And the Lie is Sold Nov 5, 2004
Bare feet... Aug 17, 2004
Freedom Jul 6, 2004
A Nature Trio Jun 14, 2004
Clay Mar 13, 2004
Victory? Jun 11, 2003
Sand May 12, 2003
St. Patrick Mar 5, 2003