All Saints Day

"A Gathering of Spirits" by Jan Richardson

Today we celebrate All Saints Day. We ride in the car to our new church, a people we’re still working our way into and around. We’re new to them, them to us. Last week my husband worshiped with our former church in San Francisco. Only months ago they were ours. We walked there, down city [Read More...]

Being Found

I was 20 when I became Katherinne’s sponsor. I was an idealist college student with a little spending money from my grandparents, a part-time job in the bowling alley, and really no sense of budgeting. But I had experienced poverty in Brazil and Chile, and I loved Compassion International. So when I got a note [Read More...]

{Practicing Benedict} The God who comes

Welcome to Mama:Monk’s weekly Wednesday series examining St. Benedict’s Rule and what it has meant to me as a stay at home mom. (Full disclosure! I’m no expert on Benedict or the Benedictine Order. I just love him/them and can’t seem to stop reading books that have “Benedictine” in the title.) In my former life I traveled [Read More...]

Mysterious Jaguar Thankful

A Thankful Tuesday List: A boy who said this last night at bedtime: “I know a mysterious jaguar. He’s my friend. His name is Pikong. That stands for ‘pink songs’ because he likes pink things, like pink songs and pink doors and pink windows.” Cousins dressed as a skeleton baby, a fairy, a dragon slayer, [Read More...]

It’s Halloween, y’all!

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And in honor of Halloween, I’m re-posting what I wrote last year, “Why I believe in Halloween.”   Though I was raised evangelical and can speak Christianese with the best of them, I doubt I’m anyone’s Evangelical Mother of the Year, especially when it comes to all the big things on the Christian no-no list. [Read More...]

Snow piled

We wake up to snow piled on the outdoor table, still parked where it sat all summer. We were not prepared for this: two inches stuck on green leaves, quivering out of concerned trees. They weren’t prepared either. “Mama, does this mean it’s almost Christmas?” my boy asks in his pajamas and I shake my [Read More...]


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