Prayer Beads

(So my creative Monday post is showing up on Tuesday this week due to general laziness and technical difficulties.) As part of my rule of life, we’ve started having family prayer time several evenings a week. I have a prayer bead bracelet that I made a few months ago, and my children have been intrigued…

Rule of Life Update

So this is my new “Rule of Life” board. And I know it looks crazy. The thing is, my life is kind of crazy. In a good way, but still. Three kids at two different schools that have different start and end times–and they all get out of school early every Wednesday and sometimes the…

New Retreat: Fruit of the Spirit

I’m super excited about the new creative arts retreat! It’s a 9-week retreat in daily life, focusing on the 9 fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. All the details are here, and the order page is up and running. I’d love for you to join us!

RevGalBlogPals Friday 5: Counting my Blessings

It’s been awhile since I participated in this wonderful exercise.  Thanks to Sally for posting this one. Blessings from 2011 (Yes, I know I have six for the Friday 5–that’s just the kind of rebel I am) A diagnosis—After years of struggles and frustrations, our 14-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The diagnosis does…

Ash Wednesday Family Worship

I know it’s not Wednesday, but I figured that would be a little late to post this particular “Worship Piece.” For the first time this year our church will have two services on Ash Wednesday.  We will have the contemplative service at 7:30 (posted here), and a child-friendly service at 6:30.  I wanted to post…

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Thanksgiving

(with apologies–make that “thanks”–to Robert Fulghum) 1. Car trips go much faster if you take a nap. 2. Genetics has little to do with family; if you’re at the table, you’re in. 3. Even if someone’s politics and theology are completely screwed up, you still have to say “please” when you ask them to pass…

Remembering a Saint

On All Saints Day yesterday, I was particularly thinking of my father-in-law, Dennis Ellett. He died at the terribly young age of 61 on April 28, 2007. His heart just stopped. He never finished building the partially-constructed airplane in his garage. He never carried out his plans to smuggle Bibles into China. He never met…

Old Married Folks

I am grateful tonight for a lovely time spent with my relatives David and Dawn. (David is my grandpa’s first cousin. So that makes him my . . . ) I last saw them about thirteen years ago when my husband and I visited New York City and stayed with them in New Jersey. I…