Prayerful Parenting

My Sabbath prayer time this morning was spent sitting on my back deck in the glorious sunshine. I did a little sketching and a little journaling. Talking with God about some difficult parenting stuff. Most of the struggles right now are with our 16-year-old son who has been diagnosed with ADD and Aspergers. I won’t…

Loving the Season . . . and a New Adventure

I recently saw an article about artist Brent Christensen and the amazing ice sculptures that he creates. Sparkling walls of ice, up to twenty-five feet tall–the sculptures are beautiful. But it wasn’t the sculptures themselves that most impressed me. It was this little bit of information from the beginning of the article: “The hobby first…

Adoption is Good (But not Like That)

As an adoptive parent, I feel obligated to write a post about adoption this November–National Adoption Month. And since the month is about over, the post is going up even though I don’t have a lot of warm fuzzy things to say about adoption right now. It’s been a difficult few days in parenting world…

Working on my Rule of Life

I am enjoying my work on the Creative Arts Retreat for ordinary time. (I even got out the Greek lexicon this morning!) Because I am writing up so many prayer practices for the retreat material, I am going to take a break from posting weekly practices for awhile. So today I want to share a…

Poems about Being a Poet (or not)

(Full disclosure: I have an undergrad degree in creative writing and a master’s in English lit.) I love poetry. I love reading it.  I love writing it.  But I don’t write it much any more.  Back in the spring I went on a mini-spurt of poetry writing and the first two poems I wrote were…

“The Talk”

I really do have a positive theology of sex. Our bodies are beautifully and wonderfully made. God designed us to enjoy sex within the context of loving, committed relationships. My theology on sex is fine. It’s just that I don’t actually like to talk about it. Which is a little odd since my parents were…