Once Around the Sun

Colorado SkyWe have a book in our family room purchased in 2007 on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

Once Around the Sun.

It is one of those books where I almost love the title as much as the actual pictures in the book. The whole concept the author/photographer was going for is to show the ebb and flow of nature throughout one whole year in America’s first national park.

This year my life has had a once around the sun feel to it.

 

This time last year the holidays started off rough. I was moving my grandma into assisted living. I was also beginning a season about this time last year that rocked my world and forced me to work through some tough family junk and grief that I had left unresolved in my heart for years. Eventually with a lot of grace, I began to open up myself to healing and new possibilities. [Read more…]

Bittersweet

This post is bittersweet. I’m excited, grateful, and sad all at the same time.

Family Life Services

This letter was given to all of the WOC partners and resident families I serve at Family Life Services this week. Family and friends who have walked with me this year know that it has been a difficult but transformational one. This next step is essential in my personal growth and calls me to be obedient to a faithful God who has never ever failed me. Ever.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I transition. I love the ministry of FLS and truly believe in what goes on there to transform families. I will forever be an advocate of this nonprofit. It is hard to leave something you love so much but next spring I will be transitioning out of my ED role there after five years of service. This letter lays out the details.

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The Name I Don’t Mind Being Called~ Storyteller

I’ve been affirmed by some close peeps lately. The ones that I have found that I am brave enough to say what if to and not worry about what they will think. I eat up their words of encouragement like my puppy Monroe waiting patiently for me to drop meat when I cook. I also know that if my what if sounded lame, they would tell me. It makes their words even sweeter.

Heart

When I was a little girl, if my Grandma Freda called me a storyteller, it was usually a bad thing. It usually meant I was telling a fib.

Today, I’m not ashamed to say my heart grows inside my chest every time I hear the words:

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For the Love of Fodder

My whole life I have had this strange habit.

I was often embarrassed by it.

I thought it was weird.

I have even thought at times I was a bit crazy for doing it.

It started off one summer when my friend Jayme and I got this wild hair to write a novel. Basically it became a knock off of North and South by John Jakes and these cheesy Swept Away teen novels we were obsessed with reading. We were two bored pre-teen girls with no formal creative outlet. We also more than likely didn’t understand the definition of plagiarism.

Junior high creatives. Oh my.

Long after our idea died in the spiral notebook under my bed, I continued the practice of developing potential character profiles. This came from interesting teachers, experiences, and one insane imagination colored vividly by junior high life.

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What Are You Going to Do About It Today?

Our communities are going through hell.

Being a parent, spouse, employee and citizen has taken on a new demand for our level of engagement.

Watching the news this weekend, I just kept thinking what am I going to do about it?

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Abiding in Praise ~ A Psalm for Vocation

Yesterday I posted this status on Facebook. As I read over it later, and talked with folks who inquired privately about my passion for my work something dawned on me. I realized what I had posted was kind of personal psalm to the Lord:

The stillness of this house and the beautiful light that comes shining through on Fridays when I am here by myself is rest for my soul. I know the calm comes after an evening of intense ministry where hurting families have gathered to find peace. The ticking of the clock serves as a wonderful reminder to me of the rhythm of ministry that has taken place here for 70 years. I am thankful to be apart of it ~Family Life Services.

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The Story of Tabitha and Her Kind Things

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor….Acts 9:36

She has inspired me over the years as I have read and re-read her story. Her simple life, documented in Acts, of helping the poor and needy. I have often wondered what kind things did she do? Did she give money? Did she provide clothes to children? Did she give others a safe place to sleep at night?

And then she died.

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When Work Takes You Away From Home

This week rm2g work is taking me away from the kids, grandma and home.

It is a hard week to get on a plane and fly. My team at FLS will be missed. We have a son who has to take finals, a daughter who is wrapping up six years of elementary school and a grandma who does not like it when I am not home.

But we must go. We must go do this work, because it is a calling. So what is the the driving force for good when work takes you away from home? It is simple for me this week: there are stories in Oregon that must be told. Getting on the plane I am inspired by this quote:

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Friday With Freda ~ You Have To Have A Job To Do

My Grandma Freda is such a kick. At eight-nine you would think she would want to slow down a bit. But no.

Since she has moved in with us she has taken over two very specific jobs.

She rinses the dishes for me after every meal. And…

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Are You Proud to Wear Your Company’s T-Shirt?

Recently I ordered new t-shirts for the staff and volunteers at Family Life Services. Thanks to the team at Co-Creative they came out AWE-MAZE-ING.

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