That’s My Son.

Yesterday, I spent the day on what has become one of my favorite middle school ministry events every year: our annual middle school mystery road trip. Here's how it works: students sign up, not knowing what we will be doing throughout the day or where we will be going. I spend weeks and months planning a … Continue reading That’s My Son.

Secondary Losses.

I've been a little quieter on the blogging front lately. (#SorryNotSorry) Some of that quietness is trying to navigate day to day life. Some of it is trying to engage in face-to-face conversations about grief with friends. Some of it is just a lack of words for what I've been experiencing. I remember early on … Continue reading Secondary Losses.

There Are No Easy Answers.

True confession: I used to be an easy answer person. I used to think that I could handle things on my own. I used to believe things like "God won't give you more than you can handle." I used to think that life's most difficult questions had simple answers. "Well, we live in a broken world." "It must be … Continue reading There Are No Easy Answers.

This is Where Your Heart Belongs.

This weekend was complicated. Even this morning, I am at a loss for words. This weekend was our fall retreat weekend at Camp Mowana with our youth ministry. It has always been one of my favorite weekends of the year, as we gather for a weekend of faith building and friendship with middle schoolers, high school … Continue reading This is Where Your Heart Belongs.

Renew.

Back in 2009, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio began offering an annual retreat for youth and family ministry professionals. The Renew! Youth & Family Ministers Retreat is held annually in the fall as an opportunity for colleagues to gather for education, renewal, and connection. The community of colleagues I have gotten to know over the … Continue reading Renew.

Affirmation of Baptism.

Yesterday was our celebration of Affirmation of Baptism, or confirmation, at church. A group of twenty six ninth graders stood before the congregation and affirmed for themselves the promises that were made on their behalf in baptism. People kept coming up to me and telling me just how beautiful and perfect and personal the service was. … Continue reading Affirmation of Baptism.

Returning-ish to the real world.

My medical/maternity leave from work officially ended a week ago--six weeks from the date I went into the hospital--the date that now divides our lives. The end of my leave meant the start of my return. My return to work. My return to the "real world." My return to regular human interaction beyond our safe … Continue reading Returning-ish to the real world.