Finding Our Sabbath

When we knew Lee was leaving the ministry “we will find a church!” was our battle cry. We unloaded the U-Haul, with the help of three paid college guys, on a Saturday. We had all boxes properly dispersed between home and storage unit, beds were put together and dinner eaten. My parents looked shell shocked, my brother looked ecstatic, and the kids were just done. Right after we swallowed our ibuprofen Lee and I looked …

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Wonderers

My kids have been making fun of me because every day I look up beyond the trees and exclaim, “Can you believe how beautiful the sky is?” No matter what is going on in my life I am enchanted by the clouds, by the blue, by the infinity that waits beyond. I often find myself wondering, ‘If this world holds the kind of beauty that takes my breath away every day, what will the next …

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Garden!

We have a garden! My boy, Spencer, and I, we have a garden! Spencer has been interested in living things for a lot of his 12 years and recently became interested in growing things. It started with Youtube videos of people eating hot peppers. So then he wanted to grow peppers. Even though he doesn’t really care for hot things too much. He and Laurel did some hot pepper challenge that caused both of them …

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The Parable of the Yard Sale

I woke up bright and early yesterday morning in anticipation of the annual neighborhood yard sale.  As a kid this was a day looked forward to second only to the last day of school. I would wake early and pedal around on my bike rummaging through glassware, lamps, and old toys. You know, all the good stuff. I’ve groused on here about the scarcity of children in the neighborhood. As the kids and I wandered …

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Phase 4

I love watching kids at the playground. It’s a great picture of how the world could be. One kid may bounce around alone, talking to herself in her imaginary play.  Two or three may stay in a group not letting others in, while another group may start a game of tag inviting all to play. Children have no problem walking up to another child and saying, “Let’s play,” and they have no problem telling each …

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How to Find Friends

So, I’ve shared that I’ve gone through lonely times. Sometimes I’m happy being in that place, but other times I need people. Everyone needs people. Just how do you go about finding your people in the world? Trial and error, man. Trial and error.   I look back on 2015 as our year of seclusion. We were adjusting to a lot of newness and I think we probably couldn’t handle a lot of outsiders. We …

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