Useful, Nourishing and Needed

I shared this infograph on my Facebook wall a few weeks back. There was no attribution, no link back, no nothin’. One of my friends said, “That’s from Jen Hatmaker’s book ‘Interrupted’.” I’m so thankful she shared that info. I’ve been sucked into reading Interrupted and 7 by Mrs. Hatmaker, and each have been profound…

It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child and I say, “Amen!” In today’s world, a community might be a better way to say it…and I got to see that first hand today. I spent some time this afternoon looking at apartments with my CASA . One of my friends took time to…

Looking forward to my ‘summer’

I’m reading a really neat book called, Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan. I’m enjoying it and I seem to find an “ah ha” moment every time I crack it open (?) on my Kindle. He talks about growing and keeping our faith and utilizes the ideas of…

A 2×4 of reality

I had my first “Oh no. I can’t do this. I’ve got to get out of here,” thought last night during our weekly three-hour CASA training. We had a panel of folks from SRS, St. Francis (services) and TFI (foster care). Our SRS panel representative handed out photos of cases they investigated. One was a…

CASA step 1

I started the 30-hour training tonight to become a CASA. I was amazed by the number of people there. I think we had close to 25 attendees. It was a good diversity of ages. In fact, I was shocked by the number of college students. What a great thing to do at such a young…

Moving onto circles

Got a birthday coming up next weekend for our niece’s birthday who’s going to turn four. I’m running in my head some ideas for some pretty, frilly dress-up skirts. I found a couple ideas out there that say to cut the fabric on the bias…and in a circle…that sounds hard! Wish me luck!

God is talking

I keep seeing and thinking about things that lead me back to the lessons in “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns. I get a daily Bible verse from Bible Gateway and it showed me again what God is asking us to do as Christians. This is from Isaiah 1: 16-17. Wash and make…

Embracing the good news

Continuing to read “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns. Good, good stuff. Here’s a question he poses to readers: “What if each of us decided with renewed commitment to truly embrace the good news, the whole gospel, and demonstrate it through our lives–not even in big ways, but in small ones? What if…

Kindle cover, check!

I’m giving myself a big pat on the back. I just finished a Kindle cover I’m making for mom for her birthday. I found the pattern on Junie Moon. Yeah for me! I’m still tweaking the bottom because I couldn’t figure out how to fold it under without it looking bulky. Maybe some sort of…

Am I strong enough?

Next year I’m going to start a new adventure–volunteering for the Sunflower CASA Project. I’ve been thinking about it for years but was never sure I was strong enough. Do you know what CASA stands for? They are Court-Appointed Special Advocates who advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. I’m fearful about…

Learning the arts (of sewing, knitting, etc.)

I’ve had an urge for the last couple years to learn a craft I can really get my hands into. Maybe knitting, maybe sewing, maybe painting? I never made the time to take a class or start learning. The older I get, the more I’d like to learn. I sent out an “SOS. Need to…