The Sacred Maybe

I have a boy who is almost 3, but he's been talking like 4 since he was 2. He didn't get the memo that boys and/or second children do not develop vocabulary as quickly as their female/first child counter parts. I mean, boy likes to chat. At his two year check-up the nurse said, "does he know a) 5-10 words, b)10-20 words, or c) more than 20 words?" My husband and I kind of looked at each other and said, "um...why don't you ask him?"For all his articulate advancement, there are certain turns … [Read more...]

Annie

5 years ago, my friends Mark and Kara said their vows on a beautiful beach in Mexico, at sunset.  And I got to witness it. On that same trip—stop me if you’ve heard it—I jumped off of a burning boat, 6 months pregnant, and made a swim for it in the ocean. (If you haven’t heard it—post for another day.) Luckily, my peril at sea was not a cosmic sign re: my friends’ impending nuptials. Far from perilous, their 5 years of marriage has been blissfully filled with love and laughter. (In fact, they mig … [Read more...]

The Missing Flag

So, I know this guy, and he's pretty amazing. I wish I could give you a long bio and a pic to go with this wonderful post, but he isn't ready to be quite so 'out' yet, and I respect that. Here's all you need to know: he is exceptionally bright, faithful, and compassionate. And he is 19 years old. Read on. With a tissue probably.This week, three million young people gathered  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to celebrate their faith with the most visible representative of that faith, the Pope. They … [Read more...]

Parking, Free for All (?)

My church shares space with a secular preschool. It is a WONDERFUl school. As far as I know, it is the only co-op program in the valley. The parents camp out overnight for registration--I kid you not, like it's Springsteen tickets--just to make sure their kids get in. It fosters a wonderful, warm sense of community in the 'it takes a village' sort of sense. They are great neighbors to have, not to mention, they have been a priceless asset to me as a mother of young children.That said--I WISH … [Read more...]

Birth and Death; Royal and Real

The paparazzi camps outside the hospital, around the palace, near the home… clammoring for an image to show the waiting world. Revelers cry and drink and hug strangers.  Sometimes, they set things on fire. Across the globe, people troll the newsfeed. They wait for a name, an image, a glimpse of the glowing, new mother princess.And just like that, a King is born. A son is given. (and the government shall be upon his shoulders and his name shall be called…)Wait…I’m getting ahead of myself. … [Read more...]

@Double Prints, and Other #redundantstuff

There's this cabinet in my house. It's supposed to be a hallway linen closet, but we use it for other 'stuff' that doesn't belong anywhere else. Faced with the prospect of moving and packing all our earthly belongings, I dreaded this small space more than any other in the house. It's not a very large area, as storage goes... but, well, it's the place that has the pictures. Boxes. Andboxes. Of pictures.Remember film? Remember going to that junior high youth lock-in, or that high school dance c … [Read more...]

An Existential Yard Sale

Ugh. It is no secret that ‘moving’ consistently appears in the category of ‘most stressful life changes.’ Even if it’s a good move. Even if it’s just across town.  On the angst meter, a physical relocation ranks right up there with death and marriage. (Yeah, I heard it.)I firmly believe that moving would not be nearly as stressful if Americans did not have the chronic affliction known as ‘Way Too Much Freakin Stuff.’ If all I had to do was hop in the car with my family and drive to Kansas, th … [Read more...]

Turning the Page: A (belated) Summer Reading List

I just read a book called The Orchardist that Amazon reader reviews assured me was wonderful!It wasn’t. Actually…it was really wonderful until the last and then the ending just…wasn’t. To me, a story needs a good, round ending to make it worth the journey. When it doesn’t end right, I want those two weeks of my life back. Not to mention the $9.99 I paid for the download. (I’m looking at you, Gone Girl! Worst. Episode. Ever.)That said, here’s some other stuff that I’ve read lately and/or a … [Read more...]

Practicing What We Preach: Why Your Church Needs a Family Leave Policy

When the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ gathers in Orlando this month for its General Assembly, there are some exciting things coming to the floor. One of the topics of discussion is family leave policy for clergy.This piece of church ‘legislation’ is not going to save the world; nor will it impose or dictate any actual procedure on congregations that ultimately oppose its contents. Like any resolution, it is simply an opportunity for our larger organization to affirm an ideal. In thi … [Read more...]


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