Monthly Archives: August 2011

A purple harvest

The last two weeks of summer vacation are a little dull for my children. I am back to work, as is my husband. Many friends are on vacation and there’s not much to do. My solution?Play with the vegetables in … Continue reading

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Farewell, my piano friend

I started taking piano lessons when I was seven. Mrs. Luffman was my teacher’s name, and she was a sharp and demanding woman that I came to quite dislike. That wasn’t the only challenge I faced as a new piano student, however. Not … Continue reading

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The sunny side of the street

The sunflowers in the backyard are blooming! They are such happy flowers, with their round faces that almost seem to smile. And I am so amazed that I actually managed to grow them. Sunflowers are easy to grow, of course. They … Continue reading

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Learning to stop and smell the roses

When I began my sabbatical four months ago, I was tired. I had been through the wringer looking after my family while my husband went back to school. I had served in the pastorate for fourteen years without much of … Continue reading

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Back to work: I choose to begin with gratitude

Today is my first day back. My sabbatical has ended–sixteen weeks of rest, gardens, friends and family, vacation and fun. I am ready to begin ministry at the church again and this season is the perfect time for it as the kids … Continue reading

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5 things I didn’t get to on my sabbatical

I had sixteen weeks of sabbatical and vacation to spend with my theme, ‘Sowing seeds of renewal’. I did a whole lot of gardening, visiting green spaces, reading and enjoying my family and friends. Now that I have just about come to … Continue reading

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Stuffed vegetables (but not the kind you’re thinking of)

I took a quick trip to IKEA this week. We picked up a few inexpensive things, like napkins and a replacement light fixture for my son’s room (a $10 lamp seemed like a good idea since he broke the last one … Continue reading

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