l e n t :: day29_surround

When we lived in Michigan, our closest family member, at least until Jukes joined the Hope party, was 3 hours away.  Especially once we and our friends started having kids, we would struggle when friends would mention having regular date nights with grandparents watching kiddos: we couldn’t afford to pay babysitters AND pay for dinner! Continue reading “l e n t :: day29_surround”

l e n t :: day27_spirit

an oldie but the best representation of spirit  ::  Raena J, circa January 2015 Raena is thoughtful and creative.  Shy but attention-longing.  Bright and cunning.  Strong and willed.  Spirited.  All of which cause challenges almost daily.  All of which initiate the greatest gut laughter.  I would not be surprised if Raena became a world leader,Continue reading “l e n t :: day27_spirit”

l e n t :: day23_help

Tomorrow is move day : out of Mom and Dad’s to the Ranch House next door.  We’ve all been “project”ing all day.  Yes, all.  Can’t you see how the girls are helping Jeff un-install and re-install our water filter?  Well today was a full day; we needed help.  The kind of help that Fazolis andContinue reading “l e n t :: day23_help”

l e n t :: day23_power

No explanation needed. There is power in prayer Your Faith is the key, And God’s good gifts You long to receive Are possible now – – If you will but dare To take Him at His word …and Believe! –Jon Gilbert  (From a little gem my beloved grandfather, Richard Ripberger, used to carry around inContinue reading “l e n t :: day23_power”

l e n t :: day22_found

Today has been a bit of a rough day – not bad in circumstance per se (outside of my favorite pair of pants ripping in the I-obviously-do-not-have-a-thigh-gap kind of way) but in more of a head swimming, not always positive bit of overwhelm.  It seemed some certainties were succeeding some seven month uncertainties only to beContinue reading “l e n t :: day22_found”

l e n t :: day20_thirst

This morning, since the next IF:Equip study hasn’t started yet, I perused John Piper’s recent articles and decided to read one titled Love is the Main Thing in Saving Faith.  Here’s a quick excerpt (although I encourage you to read the whole thing!):  Here is the way Paul put it: The coming of the lawlessContinue reading “l e n t :: day20_thirst”

l e n t :: day18_heal

When I was a younger child, many of my family members were not my biggest fans.  They said I was bossy to my other cousins.   That I didn’t go with the flow the way children are supposed to.  Spoiled, I suppose.  An aunt even brought up last week that I was demanding.  Over the years,Continue reading “l e n t :: day18_heal”

l e n t :: day17_see

Sometimes I don’t register all that I see.  Like these girls and their eyes.  Raena’s eyes are a dark brown that can barely be differentiated from the pupil.  She has incredible depth and is often hard to understand as she lives in a unique world (plus she sometimes speaks in her own made up language).Continue reading “l e n t :: day17_see”

l e n t :: day16_joy

Today’s post may seem a little bit like fluff, but let me say that often joy is found in the fluff.  When a song you jammed out to in elementary school comes on your Pandora station: JOY.  When the Party Store clerk calls you “Miss” not “Ma’am”: JOY.  When you get an extra fifteen minutesContinue reading “l e n t :: day16_joy”

l e n t :: day15_shelter

The wind blew strong today.   I spent the morning grocery store hopping with my mom and two babes, hoods up and eyes down.  Then drove back to NE Indy later this afternoon for another appointment.  Each time, jumping as quickly as possible from each place of shelter to the next – the car, a buildingContinue reading “l e n t :: day15_shelter”