Archives for September 2013


Noticing the Moment (31 days, the intro)

The moment. We all have them. First, our minds go to the big ones. The ones that define. That mark. My wedding day. The day we adopted Samuel. But ahh so much of life is lived in the daily. The thousand moments that go unnoticed. The hundreds of decisions that snowball into the portrait of […]


Great is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“ Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— […]


Not an Engineer’s Wife

We sit at the tables in Wesley Hall. Twelve women gathered around the table, studying the fruit of the Spirit. Someone is talking about a scripture, trying to remember what book of the bible it is found in. Eyes turn towards me. They joke, “you are the pastor’s wife, you must know the answer!” I […]


Bedtime, Legos and Mercy

Bedtime is approaching. We are knee-deep in lego play. I don’t fully follow the scenario we are acting. I quietly sort out people, we are on a search to assemble a Jack Sparrow like figurine. Most of the heads are yellow or peach. One brown one stands out. “Sam, who does this one go to?” […]


Our Red Walls

Newlyweds. Our little tudor house in south Minneapolis waiting to be filled. “Let’s paint the dining room red!” It seemed to be a color of love and warmth and invitation. A promise of dinners shared just the two of us. Lively conversations with friends lingering over a shared meal. Those red walls held so much […]


God in the Grocery Aisle

I push the overflowing grocery cart out the automatic doors. My vice, a red carton of caffeine hidden on the bottom. I pause as I admired the deep blue sky. I feel like I could fall into it. Fluffy clouds resting on treetops. The rolling hills of Western PA in all their glory. My car […]


Shorter Days Calling (again)

I love fall. For quite a while I couldn’t understand how it was not everyone else’s favorite season. I am now more open to other perspectives, but it still is the season I most anticipate. The one where my soul sighs and says yes, I’m at home. As I look forward to fall, I had […]