Wafer Gospel

There's not much worse than those little round, tasteless wafers that are often served for communion. When I eat one of those, I usually get at least briefly distracted from meditating on the great gift of Jesus' body, being broken for us, and my thoughts run more along the lines of, "Why did I even put this in... Continue Reading →

Foster Care With Kids – Worth It?

When we first started considering foster care, my first concern was about our own kids. How they would handle having "outsiders" in our home... how we would handle taking care of that many kids... Now, having done a couple stints with respite, I don't know how we would do it without them!

Why It’s Important to Do What you Love

I recently watched my daughter's middlish-aged ballet teacher (she isn't much older than me, so I really don't want to call her middle-aged... but how else you would describe us? We aren't exactly young'uns....) as she moved so gracefully across the dance floor to a worship song, performing for all of us parents and students in... Continue Reading →

Mommy Dayzzzzz

"Mommy, I had an accident!!" Strip the 4-year old, put her clothes and the rug in the washing machine, and put the 4-year old in the bathtub. Get out the mop. While mopping up the "accident", decide to keep going and mop up some other nearby rooms. Check back on the 4-year old. Discover that... Continue Reading →

Our Latest Invitation: Foster Care

If you read my last post, then you may be a little peeved with me for leaving you hanging. Sorry about that. Well, not really. There's just so much to say that I couldn't imagine trying to fit it all into one readable post. Forgive me! So, without further ado, here is our latest invitation: to take foster... Continue Reading →

The Invitation

There have been several pivotal moments in my life where I was unexpectedly invited into some crazy adventure. I felt a divine tapping on my shoulder to try something or go in a direction that I hadn't anticipated or prepared for. Saying yes to those invitations was always hard - and always worth it. It... Continue Reading →

Clean Water Awareness Day

"I want you to imagine for a moment that when you wake up tomorrow, all of the water-related fixtures and appliances have been removed from your home. The sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers are gone. Dishwasher, washing machine, garden hoses, sprinklers - all gone. [...] At first, you would be irritated by the minor inconvenience... Continue Reading →

The Hole in My Heart

It just so happened that I ended up reading two very distinct and yet very parallel books at the same time last month. One was a library book that I just happened to pick up, and one was an audiobook that had been recommended to me. The parallel messages of two books created quite a... Continue Reading →

Finding Beauty in the Small Church

If there was something great about small churches, wouldn't there be more people in them??? Well, not necessarily. Sometimes the greatness is disguised in a cloak of quirkiness and out-of-date Sunday school rooms, and people don't recognize the beauty inside. It's not hard to list off the potential down sides of small churches. Fewer programs,... Continue Reading →

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

What to do when the chandelier is old and just has to go? Build a new one - but make it even older than the first one! Here is the one that is headed to Goodwill: Now... here's how we made our new/old one - in five "easy" steps! ONE: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS First step,... Continue Reading →

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