My family and I had the opportunity to worship last weekend with friends at their Catholic parish. As a life-long member of an ELCA Lutheran church, I know we have our own long-held traditions. Our Lutheran worship services are liturgical by design; there is an order to it which might seem foreign to someone new. But wow… that is really felt during the Catholic service! Stand up, sit down, kneel, speak some words, utter a cued response. It makes one feel a bit out of place! Continue reading
The stars aligned, schedules and babysitters were coordinated, and I had the rare opportunity for a night out with some wonderful people this weekend. We enjoyed dinner, a few drinks, and many laughs! We ended our night with an escape room.
So, at 9:00 pm on a Friday night, the four of us were placed in a small room and challenged to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues and hints discovered in the room. Our ultimate goal: unlock the cabinet which held the gun to be used to kill Abraham Lincoln. We were very confident! We are smart women, and no doubt will find and solve the clues and save the President from imminent death! Continue reading
Some weeks, it is harder to write than others. It is never fun to hit Sunday with a blank mental slate. My writing is slammed together, the joy in formulating a post lost as I rush to have something done. Continue reading
Does it seem that we are increasingly quick to separate, divide, and deflect blame? There is a right and a wrong, the good and the bad. We avoid the gray areas and focus on our differences. If I can point out someone else’s faults, it makes me feel just a little bit better about myself. Maybe this is why my kids feel the need to tattle on each other… 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
Yet another work deadline was completed yesterday. It was draining – emotionally, mentally. I was dead tired, desperate for a mental break and more than 4 hours of sleep. I woke up this morning excited for the day – the sun was shining, I would have the entire day with my family, and I would not be required to go anywhere near my office! But the need to write something for this blog hung over my head – another nasty deadline drawing my attention away from the real world. Writing is supposed to be an escape for me, not a chore; it makes me sad to reach this point! Continue reading
My 5-year-old has a mind of her own. Don’t get me wrong… a free spirit is a wonderful quality to have! With the combination of intelligence, determination, compassion, and an innate ability to make people feel special, I am eager to see the powerful woman this little girl will become. However, at 5-years-old there are rules to follow! Continue reading