Uphill Parenting

It’s the first day of my favorite month! We’re home from our vacation! Weekly posts are going to resume! And…I’m going to kick it off a day early! {I generally post on Mondays} Away we go! Muscles aching and camera brimming with once-in-a-lifetime shots, we returned to my inlaws to boast about our first true … Continue reading

At the end of this unsummerish summer, I’m stopping in to say a) I HAVE been writing…but posting is one more step in the midst of many little feet, b) I AM thinking…which continues to lead to writing which will eventually be posted when I put up my feet, c) Oh wait, I DID post … Continue reading

The boy who thinks he hates church

Earlier this summer, this post came out. It served as an inspiration for families and congregations across the continent, including myself. I was refreshed in my {challenging, unique, humorous} Sunday Service moments with my {challenging, unique, humorous} wildling sons. That said, we still are ridiculously inconsistent in our attendance, we still breathe within a fluid/flexing/growing … Continue reading

Christian Porn

It seemed so innocent. The cover depicted a woman wearing a high collared dress. A genteel man in the background. A beautiful title. The stamp of a Christian publishing house. They were everywhere: the church library, the bathroom, garage sales. Gifted and purchased and consumed. Page after page proclaimed the power of true love and … Continue reading

when it’s not that profound…and it is.

We made it to church this morning! {and by “made it to church” I mean that my three wildling boys and I physically entered our local church sanctuary to pray and listen and read and learn with others who participate in Christ} It was restless and lovely and distracting and thought-provoking. Kind of like The … Continue reading

sow beauty, leave beauty

{I had many more photos and lniks back through the past many years, but they didn’t all work and it’s oh so late. So here is a post which took too long but hopefully holds something of value.} I was sweaty, dirt-caked, and aching. For the passerby, the front yard still looked neglected: overgrown, dandelion’d, … Continue reading

and behold, duty was joy

Recently, many peers have shared this quote: I slept and dreamt that life was Joy I woke and saw that life was Duty. I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy.  – Rabindranath Tagore I found it both beautiful and annoying. I liked the sound of it but saw that conclusion seemed to indicate work. While … Continue reading

under construction

I’m smitten with my new home. We moved in earlier than planned and won’t see an end to the work for months yet, but really, it like a new earth to me. I love that the boys can choose to be together in the midst of play and chores. I love the colors I worked … Continue reading

pray always?

I have much to learn about prayer. Really, for a Bible school graduate, it’s somewhat embarrassing that I’m not yet a groomed-and-tuned professional in the area. I mean, it’s just “talking to God”, right? Or wait, isn’t it a private and focused meditative experience? Or…no…it’s warfare! Corporate and pulsing and full of sweat and blood. There’s more … Continue reading

“Get messy!”

Awhile back, someone recommended the “Magic School Bus” as a great children’s resource. We tracked it down and it soon become a regular feature in our book basket and on the screen. The main character, Ms. Frizzle, has a motto: “Take chances! Make mistakes! And geeeettttt MESSY!!!!” Confession: I don’t like getting messy. Chances are … Continue reading

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