Just Get a Job!

We gathered as family groups in the large student center. I was Laura Thirty-Six, age 15, and soon got acquainted with my sister Jenny (age 13) and widowed Dad, Mike (age 37). Our situation looked bleak from the outset. Dad was out of work and collecting unemployment. His check didn't even cover our rent - nonetheless food, utilities, gas or medical expenses. Desperate to provide for … [Read more...]

From the First to the Last….He is the Alpha & Omega

It was a favorite movie when I was growing up – a classic my family faithfully watched every Thanksgiving. And without fail, I teared up at the poignant parts. One such scene of “The Sound of Music” was at the music festival when Max announces at the conclusion of the Salzburg Music Festival, “This will be the last opportunity the von Trapps will have of singing together for a long, long … [Read more...]

Wrestling between Responsibility and Recreation

Saturday began with the same wrestling match that challenges me every weekend.  The I've-been-home-all-week-me lobbied quite convincingly that the day should be filled with going and doing something.  It didn't really matter what, but the something was to be out of the house, preferably out of town, and having nothing to do with seminary homework, homeschooling, mom duties or pastoral … [Read more...]

Finding vital connections in road construction zones

Even though the calendar declares we're still solidly in the middle of winter, I doubt I'm the only one dreaming of carefree, adventurous summer road trips. Driving on the open road instills a sense of freedom and escape, not easily recreated when we're homebound during cold, snowy winter months. During previous summers I have found myself behind the wheel - driving to Mt. Rushmore, … [Read more...]

When seasons change

For everything there is a season,a time for every activity under heaven.A time to be born and a time to die.A time to plant and a time to harvest.A time to kill and a time to heal.A time to tear down and a time to build up.A time to cry and a time to laugh.A time to grieve and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.A time to embrace and a time to turn away.A … [Read more...]