This past Wednesday was the annual Omaha Gives! online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to encourage philanthropy in the Omaha metro area. We will usually donate something extra each year to charitable organizations we are familiar with, people and groups out there making a difference in our community. Now more than ever we are called to respond – to seek need in the world and find a way to fill it! Continue reading
We all crave some sunshine in the middle of winter. Sometimes we do not realize how desperately we need it to help cope with the endless cold, dark days. The weather last weekend in my little part of the Midwest was incredible. We had warm temps and sunshine – on a weekend! It was sunny, blue skies and sixty degrees on Sunday… Sixty! Continue reading
Our family has a vacation coming up – one whole week together at a resort! We’ve been planning this for over a year. As the trip draws near, I am giddy – eager for pampering and self-care, for time with my family away from the busyness, for smiles, laughter, good food and relaxation! It is a luxury to have the opportunity to escape. Continue reading
My daughter and I spent 24 hours at Taste of Camp early last week. Our camp offers week-long sessions throughout the summer for kids who have completed 1st grade through high school. My son and our niece will get to spend a week there in about a month. My daughter is just out of kindergarten – so she is able to spend one day there with a parent. The kids and parents learn about and experience camp with the hope, of course, that the kids will be so excited they will come back in a year and spend the whole week! Continue reading
Well, it has happened again! I’ve hit another busy season at work and chose to recruit help with my weekly post. This time I don’t feel so guilty about it…. (Though I did only ask one day in advance. That was a little unfair!) I recruited my husband to write. He worked with our 9-year-old son, and this is what they came up with. I am so thankful for my husband’s time and his passion for ministry, and thrilled for my son to have the opportunity to share his experience. Enjoy!!
Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to be chairpersons for a gala event for our nearby Lutheran church camp. What a daunting and exciting experience for us! Continue reading
All of a sudden, fall is gone and winter has arrived. The mornings are bitter cold, the sun elusive, and there are only brown leaves and empty branches in place of the beautiful autumn colored foliage. We are at the beginning, with months and months ahead filled with brown, cold darkness! Continue reading
The tagline for this blog is “Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday!’ Saturday held events which were not “everyday” and God was most definitely present!
The past week was a busy one; big deadlines at work (again), soccer, kindergarten round-up, church commitments, doctor appointments, meetings. We had joyful events on Saturday to look forward to. But as the week wore on and the opportunity for sufficient sleep evaporated, my husband and I allowed the logistics of the day get in the way of our excitement for these important events. Continue reading
Saturday held three soul-lifting events all rolled into one experience; a moment of time to revive my spirit! I was able to (1) go for a run, which happened to take place (2) outdoors through tree-lined trails located (3) at the camp I so often declare to be my spiritual “home away from home!” Continue reading
It is still cold outside, the ground brown and bare. Yet my 8-year-old is anxious to get back to church camp! We’re 6 long months away from that warm July week when he gets to live in a tent. I think the monotony of winter is wearing and he’s eager for the camp experience. As his new camp sweatshirt declares, my son is “truly camp-sick!” Continue reading
A small group of friends from church recently spent a delightful 24 hours away from our busy lives, our cluttered homes and those “joy-filled yet sometimes soul-sucking” dependencies of our kids, to focus on fellowship, faith, service and connection. We stayed at a lovely retreat center in a place set apart. We had deep discussions and we worshiped together. We had time of fellowship and laughter around a campfire. We pulled ourselves in to be filled up so that we might be free to go out into the world sharing Good News. Continue reading