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
Lately, I have done a ton of reading and writing. Unfortunately, it has been writing and reviewing lengthy memos explaining complicated transactions, their required accounting policies and references to the accounting standards which support them. (Very exciting stuff!) Continue reading
As an accountant, you might think I spend my entire day creating formulas and compiling numerical data. This is mostly true – much of my day is spent in an excel spreadsheet. And I’ll admit, a balanced spreadsheet brings me great joy – something you non-accountant types will never understand! Continue reading
I had a church finance board meeting one night this week. To be honest, these meetings have been difficult lately. I get it – it is important to responsibly manage the funds of our church. That light bill needs to be paid every month! But during our long meetings (often held after a full day of playing with numbers at work) I struggle to remember how this conversation is advancing God’s work in the world. Continue reading
On an early morning run one day this week, I strode past the front of our church. It was still dark, the sky in the east barely turning to pale blue. Lights shone on the front of our white building, stained glass windows bright against the dark sky. A cross was illuminated on the front of the building.
The church is at the top of a long, slight hill, so my pace was slow. I run this route by the church often, but I rarely take-in the view as I go by. A church building is an intriguing thing to study… There are walls and a roof, just like any other building. But people perceive its existence in many different ways… indifference, hope, frustration, curiosity. Continue reading
The first day of school has come and gone; our leisurely summer schedule quickly erased. That delightful “teacher-parent household management” style we enjoy during the summer replaced by the “dual-employed, high-five as we pass between activities” approach to parenting. Continue reading
My 7-year-old has been super emotional lately. Any small little thing will set him off into uncontrolled tears. His sister won’t let him play with her toy, or we say ‘No’ to that 3rd book at bedtime – then tears flood like it is the end of the world! Continue reading