Now that it's summer, the girls and I are in the car a lot together. I drive a Honda Civic, meaning that we're in close proximity for all music choices and conversation. Recently, I've been reminded of what a linguistically fun season we're in. Photo by Fabio Santaniello Bruun on Unsplash Elle loves separating words by syllable and … Continue reading Creating Space for Play and Curiosity
The other day, we realized that we needed to replace our much-beloved but irreparable Jesus Storybook Bible. The binding was broken and fixed many times, pages were falling out, and the reading experience was precarious as we kept the book together. We got the same version for Elle (who, we realized, has never owned her own … Continue reading Let There Be Fairies!
Mom, are giraffes endangered? Bea asked the other morning at breakfast. Is that why they're in zoos? As I paused to answer, Bea continued to ask what made animals endangered; how do they end up threatened? We talked about hunting and climate change and how zoos keep a lot of animals safe. But we talked about … Continue reading Balancing Conservation and Progression
We've all heard the Golden Rule: "Treat others the way you want to be treated." While that rule is a good start, I've always been a bigger fan of the Platinum Rule: "Treat others the way they want to be treated." Living life by the Platinum Rule means setting aside my own preconceived ideas for what others … Continue reading The Platinum Rule
We just got back from a camping trip out in the wilderness of Colorado. Our campsite didn't have many amenities - just a vault toilet and a fire ring. We spent a few days playing in the dirt, using wet wipes the best we could, and letting our kids explore. We unplugged because we wanted … Continue reading The Sacredness of the Ordinary
We used to sing a song in Sunday school called Heaven is a Wonderful Place. The gang from Psalty the Singing Song Book would sing about a place filled with glory and grace and Jesus. After college, as I read more and matured, my view of heaven shifted from a place we go to a … Continue reading Heaven is a Wonderful Place
As a child of the eighties, I have never known a time without the Religious Right. Politics and religion have always been intertwined. If you believe certain things then people assume you most likely vote a certain way. This is starting to change, as people in my generation are redefining faith and redefining political allegiance. … Continue reading Review: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear + Giveaway
Bea pulled out Barack Obama's book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters yesterday. As we were reading the story of what makes America great - from the kindness of Jane Addams to the bravery of Jackie Robinson and so many other heroes in between - I got a little teary. In this … Continue reading I’m Not Voting My Values
Like most Christians my age, I have stories of being wounded by the church. Of being unheard, unmet, unappreciated. I've been lucky enough (blessed enough?) to always have an intervention at just the right moment. A community who loved me for me or a pastor who recognized my gifts. Small groups who connected me to a … Continue reading Sharing Faith By Living It
Mom? Today I believe in fairies but not Jesus. Oh? Why can't you believe in both? I can only believe in one thing, so I choose fairies. For her recital in May, Bea's class danced to the Peter, Paul, and Mary classic, Puff the Magic Dragon. As we prepared for the recital, I borrowed my parents' … Continue reading Do You Believe in Fairies?