Happy Epiphany … or Hello World

I thought I'd write a post today in observance of Epiphany, a holiday not featured on most wall calendars, nor in Google or iCal. But since my last post was way back in May, when it was probably warm and sunny and flowers were in bloom and grass was green and the sky was blue,…

A Truck Made with Forks?

Last Friday night, I called in an order at the local pizza place here in the small town where we live. Because I seldom have cash and I'm unsure whether their delivery guys can take my debit card, I usually go pick up the pizza. It's less than a mile from our house anyway. Cindy…

You're Invited

In my 14 years or so of church ministry, my least favorite responsibility has been overseeing finances and budgets. Though I like working with numbers and reconciling accounts, it’s complicated leading a team that must make recommendations regarding cuts, since there is so much need and not enough money. ... For a while I served as an elder, and we discussed at length and on many occasions the difference (if any) between a couple budget line items ...

Guatemalan Pizza

A few summers ago, I led a small group from church of five or six other women, which would have been awkward except we met a few other groups that thankfully included other men. My motives, I confess, were not entirely altruistic, for although we went to help a local pastor in a village in the mountains, I was intent on scoping out the Guatemalan children. By then Cindy and I had our hearts set on adopting a little boy from Guatemala.