My daughter (my youngest, my baby!) turned 7 years old yesterday. Allow me to be a little nostalgic… She’s had a tremendous amount of growth in the last year – she can read a chapter book, tie her own shoes, get herself dressed. She is incredibly independent and self-sufficient. She knows what she wants, and she will do what it takes to make that happen! (Even if that means deceiving her parents…) 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
I had the opportunity to serve communion last weekend. This Christian practice of partaking in bread and wine comes in many forms and frequencies. I’ve communed in churches big and small, in the middle of a forest with a campfire nearby, and as a part of a wedding ceremony, including my own. Continue reading
There have been a few events lately which have forced me to think about life and the passage of time.
As this writing posts, I will be arriving at a 24-hour “Taste of Camp” with my six-year-old daughter. This is the camp where I learned that it is okay to share my thoughts about faith with a group of strangers. This is where I spent my summers during college, where I met my husband, where I met some of my closest friends. This camp had a huge impact on my life, and continues to be a special place of ministry for my family – and now my youngest child is old enough to actually attend! Continue reading
A memory appeared in my Facebook feed this week. Six years ago I wrote: “If this baby was born as early as my son was born, she would have arrived last Saturday. So, I still have 2 weeks to go – but have been pregnant longer than I was the first time!” Now, I doubt anyone really cared about this little piece of information, but I certainly did. I cared a lot! I was gigantically pregnant and counting down the days! Continue reading
I am blessed with amazing friends and family who love and support me – even though I am often stubborn and too independent! One dear friend stepped it up this week. She is a very busy mom struggling to balance life, yet took the time to deliver lunch to me on Friday. I enjoyed a spread of goodies from Panera, and got a tight hug in the middle of a chaotic day! To top it off, this friend agreed to be a guest writer for my weekly blog! I am thankful for one less thing on the “to do” list today, and am very excited to share her words. Her message is raw and sincere and inspiring… Enjoy!! Continue reading
As I prepared for Christmas this year, I focused on keeping it simple and keeping it consistent. So, we’ll end up at the same house, same people, same schedule, practically the same menu and maybe even the same clothes. We’ll likely sit in the same spots as we gather around the same decorated tree to exchange gifts. I love that my kids have this simple tradition; each year, they are able to anticipate a warm and pleasant Christmas, celebrating with the people who love them the most! Continue reading