Monday, June 18, 2018

Day #1630

June 18, 2018 

The prayer for this week:
Almighty God, as the season begins, thank you for those who care for youth at church camps. We are grateful for staff, counselors, cooks, volunteers, and all those who send youth to camp to learn about you and your love for us. Keep them all safe this summer, help them learn more about you, and develop between them relationships with deep roots that can last a lifetime. For places that provide time away with you, we give thanks and praise. Amen. 

Day #1629

June 17, 2018 

After yesterday’s rant, here is a picture of someone I think is a good daddy - certainly one to Boomer!!

Love you, sweetheart. Happy Father’s Day!


Day #1628

June 16, 2018 

Warning, this will be a tad of a rant. 

Please understand that I am thankful there are folks who had wonderful fathers and I am thankful they pay loving tributes to those men on FaceBook. There is good reason to be proud and grateful for a loving, kind, selfless father, including those who have passed on. But when Father’s Day comes along and the father you remember was just a tad less than stellar, well, it tends to make one feel guilty for thinking less of the memories of the man who raised you. Guilty, sad, regretful, etc. - you get the idea. 

Oh, I am thankful for the man who raised me - his demand for excellence taught me to try harder; his tendency to lose his temper taught me to be patient (most times); his ability to pick on me taught me to think quickly on my feet; his gift for fixing things taught me to do the same. But loving, gentle, or kind does not describe my father.

So as Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day, too) rolls around, consider that others may have different experiences/memories than yours. It’s good to be proud of your parent, but please understand if others choose not to participate in paying glowing tributes. And that is ok, as there is no reason to feel guilty for passing.


Day #1627

June 15, 2018

I suppose you could say I’m on a roll with a theme. Today was another day to be grateful, and that is not a bad thing.

Then there was a cute little fellow eating with his folks at a restaurant. He had a smile a mile wide and watching him be smiled at in return by so many others was heartwarming. Somewhere I read that to not smile back at a child is simply wrong. I agree, and am glad others do, too.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Day #1626

June 14, 2018 

To our Godson on his mommy’s 10th ordination anniversary: 

Today your mommy, dear Simon, celebrates 10 years of ordained ministry. Your mommy has been a pastor your whole life, so ten years may not seem like a big deal. It is. It means there are hundreds of people who have been blessed by your mommy’s presence in their lives. Weddings, funerals, baptisms, classes, worship services and sermons, hospital visits, homebound visits (to which you have sometimes accompanied her), conversations, prayers, etc., etc. Thousands of hours, tens of thousands of words, many tears and some laughter mark these years. I want you to know how proud we are of her and how much we know this vocation is difficult. It’s not easy to be away from her own family so that she can help someone else. But she does it out of love - love for God, love for you and your brother, and out of trust in the grace and love God has for us, desperately wanting others to know of that love, too. So give mommy an extra hug today, from us, and tell her Happy Anniversary. Oh, and here is what we looked like 10 years ago. Wish we were there again today!


Day #1625

June 13, 2018

One word for the day - thankful! Simply thankful for a good day!


Day #1624

June 12, 2018 

The caption to this picture - last day of first grade. Oh, you are growing so fast!!!!

Love you!


Day #1623

June 11, 2018

The prayer for this week:
Almighty God, there are times when your word stops us short bringing fear and misunderstanding. When you speak of unforgivable sin, our hearts become heavy. Have mercy on us, keeping us away from that possibility. Help us to trust that you do forgive, include us as family, and that your grace is sufficient and available for all. Amen. 

Day #1622

June 10, 2018 

This comment has not been verified, but it is what I heard during the celebration of Holy Communion. One of our little ones asked mommy, “Is that the body of Jesus? He sure is skinny.”

What more is there to say about that?! :-)

Then there is this - today is a milestone in our family. Boomer turns 1! We made it the first year. Haha! His first reaction - I'm how old?

Hard to believe he was ever this small!

Happy Birthday, Big Boy!!!


Day #1621

June 9, 2018 

All the hard work to put together the rummage sale was rewarded by a successful day of sales, good weather, generous shoppers and even some laughter during the day. The proceeds go to a good cause, so there is that. 

Lots of tired folks to thank - you all rock!!!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Day #1620

June 8, 2018

It’s a beautiful day for walk - no matter who/what you are .


P.S. Afternoon update - it's a good day for ride, too. Even if it is to a follow-up appointment at the vet. It was Boomer's first time in my car - and the first time for me taking him somewhere by myself. I would say it was a success - he was a good boy, and I think he enjoyed the ride, all things considered. 

Day #1619

June 7, 2018 

They say that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Well, if that’s the case, there is a LOT of treasure to be found at the upcoming Rummage Sale at the congregation. Several folks unpacked and sorted and began to ready items for the sale on Saturday from 8:00 - 1:00. If you’re nearby, come and see. All the proceeds go to a good cause. And there will certainly be some good buys!

Also, thank you so much to all who contributed items, who helped sort (hard workers), and to those who will come and see what they might want to have as their own.


Day #1618

June 6, 2018 

The diversity in the midst of a day can be amazing: Bible Study, conversations, paperwork, prayer, reading, reassuring, laughing, sharing, writing, learning… One thing, this vocation is never boring!

Also, today would have been my grandma’s 114th birthday. How can that be?!?! And how can it be that it’s been over 30 years since I hugged her!? I still miss her every day! (See Day #157 for more about my grandma).


Day #1617

June 5, 2018

Today I am thankful for two things - hearing from an old friend/colleague and that there are electronic methods for doing so. It is a good thing that the family of God means connections continue no matter the distance of time or place. It is also a good thing that staying in touch can be done easily. And pictures are always fun to see!

Can I make a recommendation - don’t forget to keep in touch with folks. It means a lot!!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Day #1616

June 4, 2018 

The prayer for this week - for summer:
God of the seasons, thank you for the joys of summer - sunshine, long daylight hours, vacation, time off from school, and a somewhat slower pace. Watch over those who travel during this time of year, give rest to those who are weary, hope to those who see no way to rest, and grant favorable weather for the growing season. Amen.