Jessica Buchanan © 2017

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April 4, 2017

The rain is falling- falling in hard and fast, chilling sheets that are beating against the living room window. I turn the lights on, as it has suddenly grown so dark in the house. A little better, but still dimmer than it should be. I look up to the far left corner an...

March 6, 2017

From the angle at which I am lying in my bed, I’m able to peek out at the cherry tree that has just begun to bud. It’s cold outside, and completely perfect. I think, yes, this is Spring. The deep burgundy, backed by the early morning sky makes for a color combination t...

February 22, 2017

Spring is here to stay, it would appear. While I’m not complaining about the unusual warmth and the budding of the trees we are experiencing here in Virginia( at the end of February, no less) it’s strange and somehow makes me feel a little melancholy. The itch I feel i...

February 14, 2017


It’s a few days before Christmas. It’s on the brink of getting dark- I’m parked in a grocery store parking lot, both my kids are asleep in the back seat. As we wait for Erik to come out of the store with the few things we still need for Christmas dinner, I am about to...

January 25, 2017

It has finally stopped raining.

I’m usually not too bothered by the rain- I understand and embrace the benefits, sometimes look forward to the excuse it gives me to stop, sit down on the couch and slowly sip cups of hot steaming tea. But the rain we have had over the la...

January 13, 2017

This won’t last forever.

That was my thought as I drifted back into a fitful sleep, a few nights ago.

How many times have I breathed this mantra in and exhaled it out throughout my lifetime? Not only to find a way through the hard things, but in gratitude for the beautif...

It was one of those rare evenings where I had some time for a phone call catch up with a childhood friend. It’s amazing to me first off, that I have had the same friends for over 25 years (seeing as I made them when I was like, 2, obviously  and secondly, that these fr...

So. I turned 37 today. Humphh.

Maybe it’s the just ‘getting older’ idea ‘that has put me in a funk today- and I am very aware that the ‘getting older’ part is relative, however, for me, it’s still true.

At the end of the day, I’m just glad to have the chance to be having...

My heart is very proud.

As I read this morning, that Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama on February 29.

What an unbelievable day it must be for him, for the entire community that makes up the elite group we k...

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The Survivor's Well

Contemplations on Survival and Motherhood and the intersection of the two
I have fallen in
love a lot in my
life. I’m a
passionate
person with an
affinity for
romance. Boys,
experiences,
lands far away, I’ve loved them and lost them, found them again and loved them even more.
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