A Mama's Prayer for Summer Camp

A prayer for my dear son embarking on his second year at summer camp... May you find learning and growth of all kinds. May you gain independence and feel comfort in your Jewish identity. May the mosquitoes be guided away from you, and may the raindrops not fall into your tent (too much). May the food be delicious and the pool the right temperature. May you seek out new experiences and try new things (vegetables would be nice but I'm doubtful)....more

Week 4

Last post, I wrote about my chance to ask my church family at Belfast U.M. church for support — prayer & financial — for my work with HOPE61. Well, the pastor there also pastors another nearby church, in Caneadea. He asked if I was interested in speaking there too! So Sunday I went to Caneadea’s service at 9:00 AM & then Belfast’s at 10:50. This was my first time officially presenting my ministry & I was quite nervous....more

Dear Mother Nature

I live in Austin, Texas. As far as weather disasters go...it's not a bad place to live. We get the occasional flash flood, rare tornado, and once in a great while a hurricane actually makes it this far. But this year, we are in the most extreme drought in over 100 years. My yard has cavernous cracks in it. And we are still so much more fortunate than the rest of the country. The South has had tornadoes, floods, and one line of storms after the other. The Midwest is being devastated by the same. Hawaii has had eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.....more

It's a girl thing.

So, I'm extremely annoyed at a reasonably well-known person this week....more

A Request for Prayers

Thirty years ago, Patti and I were stationed together on the island of Crete and have been friends ever since.  Today, Patti is packing for the Marines to fly her to Hawaii to be at her son's bedside.  Danny was medevac'd from Okinawa to Hawaii yesterday.  He is suffering from aplastic anemia and is considered acute enough that the Marine Corp is flying his wife from Japan and his mother from Florida to be at his bedside.  Danny is a proud Marine serving his country and the brand new father of a five week old daughter....more

Fast Dogs--Part II

My son was crying when he came upstairs to tell me the long-legged, beagle-howling, slut puppy, sister hounds had run away.  Again.  I pulled him onto my lap and used my shirt sleeve to wipe the snot from under his nose.            "They'll come back, honey," I said, into his hair.  "They always do."            "I hope so, Mommy.  'Cause I don't want 'em to get hit by a car and have to be scraped off the street with a splatula."    ...more

Hey Denise:

I knew you would. You're the Prairie Dog lady:)

This is Not Normal

Growing up in the Midwest, the spring "tornado season" is taken pretty much for granted. We all know there will be thunderstorms, cracks of lightning whose thunder rattles the window frames, wind that blows all the new leaves back to the ground. Maybe hail that is big enough to dent cars or sit in little ice-balls in the yard, melting slowly while some of us hide in the basements and the rest run for the video camera, hoping to catch the funnel cloud or the particular color of ash-green the sky just turned. ...more

The mirror doesn't lie...

In January 2011, I made the commitment to read, pray, and write every day.  I felt led to share some of the lessons I am leaning along the way.  At times, the lessons come from the text I am reading, and other times the lessons come from experiences lived as God shows me His truths.  Well, today the lesson came at the bathroom mirror, I am confident I am called to share, so bear with me! Lesson learned:  The mirror doesn’t lie  Several weeks ago, per my request, Brian hung a beautiful full-length mirror on the back of my closet door ...more


ONE THING... I have always been a little curious about the story of the rich, young ruler in the gospels.  He approached Jesus, acknowledging him as the “good teacher.”  He obviously knew of Jesus and wanted what Jesus had to offer.   He asked Jesus how he could obtain eternal life.   Jesus first challenged the young man for “buttering him up.”  Then, Jesus reminded the young man of the commandments.  The rich, young ruler told the Lord he had kept all the commandments.  He sure was confident!  Then, Mark 10:21 says, “And Jesus...more