I Know I Can

Whew! We made it through another busy week, and that means we get to celebrate with Five Minute Friday! The Gypsy Mama sends the world a writing prompt, and we write our little hearts out for five solid minutes. Then, without editing or hemming or hawing, we post our thoughts. Turn off the editrix; she’s mean and […]

Bang and Hang

My darling spouse laughs at me. A lot. He says I am from the “bang and hang” school of project management. I don’t like to measure or, really do math of any sort. My method is to just sort of eyeball it and see what happens. None of the pictures I’ve hung are straight. The […]

And Another Thing

So I don’t like asking for help, but if I have to, I have to. You know, like laundry. I don’t love it but someone’s got to keep the socks clean around here. I forgot, in a moment of ranting about something else, that worse than asking for help is getting unsolicited help. Man, that […]

Hard Love

Well, lovies. Not only is it Friday, but it’s GOOD Friday. Never a more oxymoronic phrase was made. I wondered what Gypsy Mama would have in store for us for our writing prompt and she did not disappoint. Each week, we have a blog writing and reading party called Five Minute Fridays. Write without editing on a […]

Appropriately Inappropriate

Pastor’s kids know all about being appropriate. Being appropriate is the behavioral sister to reciting the Apostle’s Creed or the Lord’s Prayer: we learn it, know it, live it. Growing up in the pastor’s shadow, congregants sent my siblings and me a clear message: the pastor’s kids are either total screw ups or perfect angels. […]

Loving God Means Social Concern

We had a visit from some old friends at church yesterday. Two young men who had met and become friends through a college ministry stopped by to tell us about the amazing things they are doing in Nepal. I found myself drawn right into the history Neeraj Gautam shared about his home country and the incredible […]

The Draft

Chores have been an unending battle in my house since forever. I hear from teachers that my sweet little angels have been putting away toys and books at school with joy and eagerness since they began their academic adventures. Either those teachers are liars or my children are two-faced monsters. Recently, my husband hatched The Best […]

If You Met Me

Really resisting the Five Minute Friday topic this week. Five Minute Fridays were developed by the Gypsy Mama to encourage us to write without fear or the nasty editor in our heads. Set a timer for five minutes and scribble away on the prompt. No editing, no second guessing, no worries. Link back up to her site […]

Of Plans

Man. My first half marathon is just over 3 weeks away. I know this not because I’m hyperaware of time. I’m not counting down the days like a kid in the last weeks of school before summer break. I’m just sort of plugging along on my runs and looking forward to May 1. But today, […]

Jennifer, Jenn, Jen, Jenny

The year before I was born, 1970, was the year the movie Love Story opened to critical acclaim and awards. The female lead was called Jennifer. Before this movie gave parents everywhere the single most un-unique name ever, the name Jennifer was made popular in 1906 when George Bernard Shaw named a characterJennifer in Dr. Dilema. The […]