My 9-year-old made a New Year’s Resolution: he would write in a journal every day. We sat together on his bed a couple of nights ago, and he showed me what he had written so far; little stories about his day, a note about a math test, frustration over a playground argument. I’m not sure where this sudden urge to write came from, but he seemed pleased with himself and eager to share. Continue reading
My daughter made this graham cracker “gingerbread” church last week. It was a work of art! She beamed with pride when people at church asked about her creation. She was eager to show her project to her grandparents. We carefully took it home and displayed it in the center of the dining room table.
As I set it down, I was confident it was outside the reach of the dogs. However, on the following morning I heard my husband gasp loudly, followed by a scolding of our two dogs (now cowering in a corner); and I realized that I had, sadly, been mistaken. The dogs could, in fact, reach the graham cracker church, and did desire to eat the hard, dried-out frosting and gumdrops! The structure was gone, with not a crumb remaining; just a sad, empty paper plate! Continue reading
How much energy do we lose angry at others? We’ve had a rough weekend dealing with an unfortunate reality in a dear friend’s life; a reality which has caused suffering for years and is hitting new levels of grief caused by the terrible decisions and actions of another person. In the midst of maneuvering reality, we have lost so much energy in anger! We handle the very real consequences one person’s actions have created, yet anger boils inside wanting to get out and attack! 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 last couple of weeks were busy – with work deadlines and kids’ commitments colliding in big ways! Looking back, I’m fairly certain I failed absolutely everyone in my life at some point. Those moments when you realize you can’t make everyone happy are discouraging. My family has encountered these weeks before and we’ll do so again, but each time we make it through and I feel called to reflect on my own actions and inaction. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, a friend and I had a genius idea! (Well, it seemed so at the time…) We decided to take some cherished vacation time and spend the entire day kayaking a local river. We had completed a similar trip last fall, and planned to start where we left off and continue to end. (For you local, Eastern Nebraska folks, this was the Platte River from Schramm Park SRA onto the Missouri River, exiting at the boat ramp in Plattsmouth.) Continue reading
This past Wednesday, my 9-year-old and I quickly walked up the stairs at church. Late as usual, we were rushing between faith formation hour and worship. I could hear the music begin to play, when my son stopped me. He looked at me with those dark brown eyes, and I knew he was fighting back tears. He began to tell me about what had happened with another child in his class.
Here is how it went down, as I scribed for my son later that night… Continue reading