I am Katy, married to “B”, and I stay home with my girls, “Monkey” and “Suga Booga” “Chicken”. I have a very part-time business teaching early childhood music classes that my girls participate in. I think about a lot of stuff. When I was a kid, I liked to provide commentary for my life in my head (think Wonder Years), wondering what it would be like if others could listen in. This is your chance!

The title of my blog is a reference to George MacDonald’s children’s story “The Golden Key”, in which Mossy and Tangle travel through a fairy world together. They journey through a long stretch, full of shadows, where they can see life happening in another world, and they long to go to “the land from whence the shadows fall”. C. S. Lewis uses this metaphor and renames it the “shadow-lands”.

We, who live on this earth, are in the Shadowlands. We witness beauty and experience joy. But instead of leaving us full and satisfied, they give us a yearning, an ache for more. Somewhere deep within us we know they are but shadows of what is Real and True and Good. We know we have not found our home.

I think this is what the apostle Paul was getting at when he wrote:

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”