Watching for New

Our home backs up to a wooded area.  Every spring, I try to pay attention to the trees, plants and other growing things coming back to life.  I go out and look at the buds on the trees.  Because it seems like we go from bare branches to small, green leaves overnight.  And I want to “notice” when the … More Watching for New

Write the Next Chapter

Human beings, by our very nature, don’t like things that are “unfinished.”  We like things that are complete…whole… done.  When we experience things that are left unfinished, it makes us feel like something is off-kilter…or missing…or incomplete…and it can make us feel uncomfortable.   I don’t like it when walls that have been painted don’t have the trim … More Write the Next Chapter

Signs

As I write this, we have daffodils blooming in our garden and the crocus plants are popping up out of the ground in front of our home.  It’s a sign of spring. As I write this, our middle-school and high school students are back together in the school building, all together, for the first time…in a … More Signs

How Much Longer?

Growing up, our family would occasionally road trip.  Sometimes it was to visit the grandparents.  Other times it was to spend a few days at a lake somewhere, trying (and failing) to catch fish.  Wherever we were headed, once my brothers and I were loaded into the far back seat of our family station wagon … More How Much Longer?

Ashes

I love almost everything about bonfires.  I love the warmth that a bonfire gives.  I love the color of the flames.  I love the smell of the burning firewood.  I love the crackling sound the fire makes.  I love when the marshmallow blends over the chocolate in the s’more.  I love the good conversations that … More Ashes

Remember…

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!  I hear those words and they stir memories.  I remember hearing the pastor say those words when I was a child at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church.  And it draws me back to memories of getting up really early for that sunrise service, the Easter lilies, and of the … More Remember…