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Dear World, Let me explain. In the United States of America, we just elected a president. And by "we", I mean half of us. With near precision, 50% of votes were cast for one candidate, and 50% for the other. There was nearly an even split in the popular vote.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
God of brand new life, you have entrusted me with this day. Thank you. Thank you for the conversations I will join and the coffee I will sip. Thank you for the bulletin I will help prepare for worship, and for the people with whom I work. Thank you for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
Today commemorates the 1920 19th Amendment of the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. It is Women's Equality Day, and for that, I am grateful. Throughout the past year, I have considered more than I ever had before the significance of my gender, not only in my life as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
And there it was ahead of us, the end of our drive on Highway 101. Before we exited off the coastal highway, we stayed in Seaside, Oregon, just north of (and much cheaper than) the quaint city of Cannon Beach. At Cannon Beach, we did what a person simply must... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
Shortly after leaving the Redwood Forest, we also left Highway 1 to embark on Highway 101 for Oregon. Before leaving California, we stopped at the very touristy drive-through tree near Leggett. We drove through the tree. It cost us $5 and almost as much in gas as we waited in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
The greatest gift Crescent City gave to us was a quick entrance into the Redwood Forest. Following the advice of reviewers on Trip Advisor, we went to Jedediah State Park. For a meager $8 parking pass, we took a walk on a breathtaking trail. I was really excited for Marcus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
Planning a trip to a faraway place is made easier by You can see pictures of and read comments about hotels, restaurants, historical sites, and all other attractions. Of course, you have to try to be objective about people’s reviews, asking questions like, “Was this sunny review written by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
The Pacific Coastal Highway begins south of San Francisco, but we decided to begin north of San Francisco on Highway 1. If you are anything like me, do not attempt to ride or drive on this road without some motion-sickness medication. This part of the adventure was nearly too adventurous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Luther: “We are to fear, love, and trust God above anything else.” And then there was Chocolate Lava Cake at the Charter House on Pier 39. Truth be told, San Francisco was one of our least favorite stops on the anniversary adventure.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
This may not sound like a nice thing to say, but after you have traveled in airplanes accompanied by little kids, there is nothing more freeing than flying with no little kids! No toddlers touching every disgusting surface an airport offers, no convincing a small child the pressure in his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
After an adventurous 15 years of marriage, Marcus and I embarked on a celebratory anniversary adventure! Spoiler alert: Turns out, the real adventure happens when grandkids get to hang out with grandparents at grandma’s house for nine days! #GrandparentsAreOurOnlyHope We ventured up the Pacific Coastal Highway beginning in San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
It is a sad week for our family as we say a sad goodbye to Susan. My cousin endured a terrible time of a very aggressive and angry cancer. And all along the way, her family members were the hands of Christ, caring for her with grace. Thanks to my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
It made sense to me growing up that one day, a person reaches a certain age and understands life. Who we are, what this world is about and our place in it suddenly falls into place, like the glorious moment of placing the final piece of a 1,000 piece puzzle,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
This weekend, my husband and his family are saying goodbye to his uncle, Steve Lewton. It is a goodbye that came suddenly following a massive stroke and sudden goodbyes can take the words right out of us, leaving no words that seem adequate. So as I say my own goodbye,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
I can no longer remain silent about my deep disdain for the ideology of Donald Trump. There are certainly people whom I care about who think differently about this presidential hopeful than I do, and there is nothing at all wrong with disagreeing. (This is true, even though "North Dakota... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
Thank you to everyone who tapped characters on a phone or computer to wish me a happy birthday yesterday! It was great fun to read through greetings and recall folks from all corners of my life: my hometown, college, seminary, internship, Holy Nativity, Oak Grove, and from places like the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
“I don’t know how you do it.” Have you ever spoken those words to someone? Someone who is really busy, perhaps with kids, paid or unpaid work, and/or busy for other reasons? Have you ever made that remark? If so, odds are you said that to a woman. And then... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
...and yet we really need to be. And when I say pastors can be weird, I'm putting myself on the top of the list. Pastors can be so weird. Weird as in strange, odd, different, not-like-other-people, because unlike most of the human population, we are quite clear about our mortal... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
This might happen. It started with something called congregational renewal, which is one way a church wonders, "Are we being faithful or going through the motions? Are we loving God with passion and urgency, or just showing up?" A year ago, I mentioned congregational renewal as a soggy process of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
This was one of the many, many parenting conundrums I'd not thought much about before having kids: "What to do when a stranger yells at your kid." Before Tom was born, the gracious and lovely women at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church gifted a scrapbook to me with several index cards... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
Last night in worship, we heard a delicious story about German Chocolate Cake. Afterwards, I went home, where there is sadly no chocolate cake. None. Nadda. Not a crumb! And so I'm excited for Sunday, when chocolate cake will be served between worship services...all because of this story. I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
"I'm excited to garden this summer!" I explained to my skeptical husband a couple of months ago. Of course, he is the green thumb of the family and has always grown a garden. I've kept track of the herbs in a few pots. But I had just finished reading a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
The day is new. It is a gift from God, this new day. A day to experience the wonder of the world in all its wildness and peacefulness. I am thankful, always, to open my eyes and wake up in a new day. Maybe this will be a day I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
This is our kitchen and these are our kids. Tom is washing dishes, Sam is sweeping, and Karis is putting things away. I am sitting on the couch typing this post. Which means, I am not washing dishes, sweeping, or putting things away. I learned this trick from my very,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge
I've noticed that rounding the corner towards age 40 is a humbling experience. One gift that comes with working in a congregation is the multi-generational perspective a person accesses. For instance, I visited a woman named Arlene for several years. She was a spry, wise woman in her 90's. One... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Mom and Pastor on Edge