Tag: grace

We Will Rise

This post first appeared last year. When I reread it this morning, I realized that it means something different to me today than it did last year. And since it’s still January, I reflected: In the last year, did I rise? The story of the eagle who thought he was a chicken is a reminder to all of us that we are gifted by … Read More We Will Rise

Teaching Gratitude

We went to Lake Tahoe for Easter. We stayed with cousins. We went to the sno-park and had a seafood dinner and there was ice cream and swimming and prime rib and an Easter egg hunt. And then on Sunday afternoon, when I wanted to hit the shops before dinner, one of my lovelies threw a fit: I don’t want to go shopping. That’s … Read More Teaching Gratitude

My Girl Martha

Two Sundays ago, the Gospel reading was the Lazarus story from John 11. It’s only glancingly about Lazarus. He died. They buried him. It’s more about Martha, who came running out to meet Jesus and speak some truth right at Him: If you had been here, he would not have died, which is a conversation we’ll be having later. Right now, you can fix … Read More My Girl Martha

We Will Rise

On Sunday at Mass, our visiting priest from Tanzania told this story: A farmer was given an egg. He didn’t know what kind of an egg it was so he put it with his chickens and waited to see what might happen. The egg hatched. It was an eagle. But the eagle didn’t know he was an eagle, so he grew up as a … Read More We Will Rise

Every Day is Valentine’s Day

If you and I are friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Instagram, you are more than familiar with my #everydayisvalentinesday hashtag.  You see, one day, when I least expected it, love happened. Tory and I first met in 1987, when I started junior high.  A few years later, we became closer friends during my freshman year, his junior year.  We were … Read More Every Day is Valentine’s Day

The Church needs to BE CHURCH

  A few weeks ago, Glennon of Momastery announced that she is in a relationship with international soccer super star Abby Wambach. Since Glennon writes from a (fairly fluid) Christian perspective, this caused somewhat of a ruckus. Glennon’s announcement follows on the heels-ish of Jen Hatmaker’s statement in support of gay marriage last Spring. The Christian right is a wee bit peeved at the … Read More The Church needs to BE CHURCH

Election Day

  Here we are. I voted and you voted and lots and lots of people have voted. Democracy has run its course. But I kind of feel like the teenager who crashed the car and then tried to cover up the big dent in the fender. It’s an exercise in futility. We can’t hide the damage. And we did it. We let it get … Read More Election Day

Believe

This is Alejandro.   He’s ten. We met him last year when he and Gabe played together during basketball season. He’ll be mad at me for saying this, but he’s adorable. And a baller. Plays mean defense with his good buddy Alex. But he was gone a lot from practice, and he missed some games. When I finally saw his mom Kyndra again I … Read More Believe

Ciao, Summer

It has been one of the greatest summers of my motherhood. But I am not sad to see it go. We’ve been to all the movies. I liked Kubo and the Two Strings best with Pete’s Dragon a close second. We swam in pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. We camped and hoteled and grandma’d. Went to bed at 10 and woke up at 9. … Read More Ciao, Summer

No Time for Martyrs

  Here’s why the Martyr Mom thing doesn’t work. You know what I’m talking about right? It’s the mom on the receiving end of back talk and side eye whose only response is to wonder where her baby went? The kids have moved beyond Share, Take Turns and Be Nice, but the parenting hasn’t. All bad. And I’m not talking about the kids. We … Read More No Time for Martyrs

Lose on Purpose

  You know this whole American culture of win at all costs? It’s got to go. Our fellow humans are not our opponents and at some point we have to realize that sports is not a great analogy for life. I’m not directing this at any one person. Although Donald Trump is kind of the poster child of this whole King of the World … Read More Lose on Purpose

Hold the Bridge

The last 48 hours have torn our social fabric into pieces. Again. It is such a human, natural reaction to take sides and dig in.  To hold the line. In my tiny little slice of the world, I have huddled like a turtle in my shell, watching my social media and the comments of news articles. My friends who are people of color are speaking … Read More Hold the Bridge

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