A wedding, a snowboard, and a letter

I had the privilege of doing the wedding ceremony for a young couple last night, an amazing and unique young woman that I met when I first started dating my husband. I saw her leading worship, guitar in hand, dressed in a beanie and converse on a stage of people in a bit dressier garb.… Continue reading A wedding, a snowboard, and a letter

Columbus or Indigenous People’s Day?

I grew up learning that October 10th was Columbus Day, a day we celebrate as a nation because “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”- and discovered America! Leif Erickson was also in there somewhere, but basically this “discovery” was heralded as the start of many contributions that Italian-Americans had made. Don’t get me wrong,… Continue reading Columbus or Indigenous People’s Day?

Faith lessons on the job

I have worked for the same company for nearly 30 years. I know – its rare these days to find anyone who has worked in one place for so long (except maybe for family owned businesses). I can honestly say I never expected to be here this long, but it’s been a good company. I… Continue reading Faith lessons on the job

The Power of a Latte

I know all our families are imperfect. The older I get, the more it seems that if you can talk about the imperfection, the hard things, and even repent over the things that were hurtful (not that it makes everything better, but it brings things to light that need to be brought out of the… Continue reading The Power of a Latte

Finding Freedom: A Pride Month Devotion

I have made it a practice these past few years to spend time during the month of June to purposely write about how I see passages of scripture differently now. I guess you might say they are words of pleading for my more conservative siblings in the faith to reconsider their position on the LGBTQ… Continue reading Finding Freedom: A Pride Month Devotion

What is hidden

This semester I have been taking a church history class, studying the growth and formalization of the doctrines of the Christian faith since the first 100 years after Jesus death and resurrection. It has been eye- opening and frustrating at the same time. Usually, class gets me thinking so much that I tend to write… Continue reading What is hidden

The doubt of Easter

I know according to the church calendar, today is considered Maunday Thursday, the day that remembers Jesus last supper with his disciples, his new covenant, and his commissioning of them to walk out a new way of life – of serving each other – and a new command – to love. In other words, its… Continue reading The doubt of Easter

When you lose sight of things

I didn’t grow up doing much around lent. Throuhout the years, I’ve experienced a variety of traditions of how people observe the lenten season – from fasting on Fridays, to fasting from alcohol, desserts or other food, to adding in a new practice. This year I chose a specific Lenten devotional that focused on the… Continue reading When you lose sight of things

Girls weekend!!

I went on a mini girls retreat this past weekend, in a cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It was just what I didn’t know I needed. As we poured over the scrapbooks full of memories, we laughed and remembered stories and things from mission trips, church outreaches, “Thursday night lineup”, beach trips and watching… Continue reading Girls weekend!!

Lessons from a late newlywed – Part 5: Building Blocks

For Trung and I, last summer was the season of building – and I mean actual construction. We started two projects at the beginning of the summer: A shed and a kitchen remodel. Yes, we are a bit crazy I guess. The shed – let me just brag a bit – is amazing, and Trung… Continue reading Lessons from a late newlywed – Part 5: Building Blocks