Family

Those First Students

I’ve been thinking a lot about my first students from my first class this May. Been wondering about whether they and their families are in this same position. The never-ending cycle is real and haunts too many people in our society: But this subsidized housing is all she can afford. Most of Houser’s paycheck goes …

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Noisiness

Yesterday, the world was quiet in our neck of the woods. Snow covered everything as we slept wondering what the next morning would hold. It was wonderful to take the pups out for our walk and to see that very few people were out and about. Almost every house had their cars parked in their …

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Silence

It’s been a week since I’ve been to this place that has slowly become a space where I have figured out who I am and what I am supposed to do with these breaths I’ve been given. Sure, I’ve taken longer leaves of absences from this, but this time it was for a purpose not …

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Glitter Carpet

At our church, each family takes turns cleaning the church. This week, we all worked together, so I found myself in our nursery vacuuming glitter from the snowflake ornaments the class made in Sunday School. Our girls are a part of that class and I thought about how thankful I am for a congregation that …

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Delayed Christmas

We celebrated Christmas morning this Saturday with our girls and it was a wonderful time of excitement and fun, but in order to enjoy this time together, Sam and I had to wait our turn. It’s hard, especially during the holidays, to juggle schedules and time when you are sharing kids. You have to be …

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Christmas Card

There aren’t words to express how incredibly blessed I am this Christmas to be a new wife, a new mom, a new Reverend. There have been few times in my life that I have felt that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and doing what I was created to do, but tonight …

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Our Shelter Dogs

This Christmas, Sam and I are celebrating with two new members of our family: Willie and Waylon. As we have both watched the ads for adopting puppies, we have almost convinced ourselves that we could take on another one . . . almost : ) I was just looking at the Barnes and Noble list …

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Are you ok?

Ok, I give up. I’ve now been asked at least 5 times this week alone if I am doing ok. You know I thought I was, but now I’m wondering if I am! Sure, I’ve gotten married, accepted an interim pastor position and moved to a new city in less than 3 months. That’s not …

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