Rising to a Smile: Ms. Nelson Part 2

I realize now that Ms. Nelson didn’t just love her students. It wasn’t simply her care and attention that made her memorable to us. She seemed to have an ability to challenge us that made us do things we didn’t know we could do. I loved every afternoon when she read to us. We were sweaty, mussy, distracted and tired after the mid day recess. She knew we wouldn’t respond to demands during that part of the day, she lead us to sit, to rest and to relax while she read “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” to our eager ears. Continue reading

Blank Pages

I saw an entry in my mom’s journal from 1977, about my aunt feeling down and I knew right away it must have been written soon after my uncle passed away. I backed up, scanning the pages for some reference to an emergency, a phone call, a funeral but I found nothing. Continue reading

Little Is Much When God is In It

I sat in church Sunday morning in Michigan, watching a video of work being done in Haiti, work I wasn’t there to do, work I seemingly had little to do with. As I heard the songs I remembered my brother calling me and asking for some suggestions for music and he had used my suggestions to make the video, but that didn’t feed any Haitians. Continue reading

Bean and Bacon Soup

Im out of town…when i get back I’m going to tell you about a bowl of bean and bacon soup that literally changed my life.

Early In the Morning…

Sunday our congregation sang Holy, Holy, Holy. One of the classics. The first song in the Baptist Hymnal, number 5 in the Mennonite Hymnal (The red one, it’s number 120 in the blue one)…

Maybe I do know a little too much about hymnals.

…and…

House of Vignettes

I stayed at my aunt’s house the weekend of my brother’s wedding. It’s a very pleasant place to be. It’s warm, comfortable and inviting. I’ve always enjoyed her house. I have fond memories from childhood in the same rooms I put my boys to sleep that…

A Wedding

This past weekend we drove to Michigan for a wedding.

A wedding that just a scant 7 months ago, we thought might not happen.

My brother, who wandered for a few years, who dabbled, who threw out, who turned away, who scoffed and even argued at time…

True to Life Tuesday: Tears

Maybe it’s the rain, maybe it’s stress, maybe I really don’t like being told it’s time to be thankful…right…NOW! I have a lot to be thankful for, but I’m a little weepy and stubborn today.

In reality I know why. It’s because I heard last night…

True to Life Tuesday: A Look at October

Why did October seem to last only a week? It has been the shortest month on record.

As many of you know I pride myself somewhat in my ability to say “no” to the many requests for time and service asked of me. In fact…I’m not so proud to admit t…

I’ve Been Out

Had a great trip to Michigan with Kris and the boys. Met my brother’s girlfriend, visited with a lot of family and enjoyed several quiet moments with a view of pretty leaves, a little laughter and a little crochet. Throw in some baking, some football,…