Let Vulnerability Drive Your Meaningful Life

What drives you? As we road tripped across the country this summer, we listened to audio books. Some better than others, and that one narrator who put me to sleep every time... Good thing Dave was driving! Last week we drove from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon and back listening to two delicious … Continue reading Let Vulnerability Drive Your Meaningful Life

Remain in God’s Love

“Remain in God’s love.” That phrase from John 15 caught me. What does it look like to remain in God’s love? According to the passage, we remain in God’s love by keeping God’s commands. But what does that mean? Do we step outside of God’s love when we don’t keep God’s commands? That can’t be … Continue reading Remain in God’s Love

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

I’m no Johnny Cash so I won’t try to rhyme all the places we’ve been, but wow did we ever go sauntering (read “the before” post here). We can truly sing along with Cash that we’ve crossed the desert's bare, man and breathed the mountain air, man. Santa Barbara, CAGrand Canyon NP, AZ Zion & … Continue reading We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

Let’s Go Sauntering

Before he departed for Sabbatical Adventure 1, Dave read to me a quote from John Muir: “I don't like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not 'hike!' Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It's a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages … Continue reading Let’s Go Sauntering

FOON: Fear of the Old Normal

Do you have FOON? I might. About a month ago, just as I was two weeks post-vaccination and the CDC guidelines changed again, I began to see articles about another phase of pandemic-related anxiety. One of the articles mentioned FOON: Fear of the Old Normal. I leaned in hard to my introverted homebody-ness this year. … Continue reading FOON: Fear of the Old Normal

Take All the Time You Need

Dave may have over-planted our front yard garden. In winter, he dug up all the plants and bulbs between the three white rose bushes. He put in new trim, amended the soil, and planted (or replanted) up to 100 bulbs - ranunculus, gladiolas, calla lilies, and dahlias. The ranunculus emerged first, confirming our hope that … Continue reading Take All the Time You Need

Reading: May 2021

Ooh, have I read some good books this month! And school's out here so now we're on to summer, which means it's time to stock up on summer reading. How do you pick what you'll read next? I maintain my Goodreads "to read" queue as well as a holds list from our library. I usually … Continue reading Reading: May 2021

Recovery

Five Minute Friday prompt: RECOVER This summer is all about recovery. After a long, hard year of too many indoor hours, hunched over computers, struggling to work and learn and connect through Zoom. After a few long, difficult years of ministry. After a long slog through the worst school year ever. After anxiety and injury … Continue reading Recovery

New Shoes

At one point, I couldn’t imagine wearing out two-plus pairs of shoes per year. Now each day begins with pavement pounding. My junior high mile run time was slower than my current walking mile time. I loved school and books and writing, but hated PE. I snail-crawled my way through the mile “run,” followed by … Continue reading New Shoes