Scene I Two weeks ago, the first service at our new church was drawing to a close. We were singing to close off–everyone but me, that is. I was crying. We hadn’t connected to anyone in our new city yet, and I felt alone. Yet everyone around me was rejoicing as they sang. It was… Continue reading Food and family – two ways
If you asked me what I hate more than anything in the world, my answer would be being afraid, closely followed by burpees. Oh, how I hate doing burpees. Burpees, however, are a temporary, passing pain. Fear is something that can get inside you. Fear sits in a nook in your chest as you do… Continue reading Fear not
When reading historical sections of the Old Testament, one of the thoughts that frequently crosses my mind is Wow, Israel, that was stupid. Over and over again, despite repeated words of warning, despite circumstances proving God’s provision, despite extremely real, tangible expressions of God’s actual, physical presence and power, the people screw up, doubt, lie,… Continue reading On the relatability of King Saul
I have a very patient husband who’s happy to let me make a mess of our kitchen (which is about one third of our little studio apartment) in pursuit of culinary discovery. I like to try new recipes, but mostly I make things up or approximate things based on what I have on hand. As… Continue reading Recipe: apple tasties
During my senior year of college, I started reading the Harry Potter series aloud to my then-fiance. We would read on breaks and over the phone, and we finished the series when we were newly married. We still read aloud to each other when we’re driving somewhere. I dragged the poor fellow through Pride and… Continue reading Why I love children’s books
Last summer, I was unemployed and had just moved to a small town I knew nothing about. I started running for something to do. It really became satisfying to go out for a run, though I was (and still am) pretty slow. Then I got a job, and then it started to get colder. I… Continue reading Wet spring and an herbs update
Just on time, the first basil sprout has poked up its little citron head. Seeing it this morning has kept me in a good mood all day! I’ve also had one unexpected sprout. According to the seed packet, thyme isn’t supposed to germinate for another 14-24 days, but somehow, there’s a baby plant in the… Continue reading Herb garden, day 6: sprouts!