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 :: day28_silence

I’ve never been a fan of silence.  Starting at age thirteen, maybe younger, I would slide my portable CD player into the waist of my cheer shorts so that I wouldn’t have to mow the lawn in eight hours of silence.  I would sing to myself, or recite my next upcoming drama lines, or tellContinue reading “l e n t :: day28_silence”

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 :: day21_witness

Witness is a term saved for few instances: attending or standing in a wedding, being present at or seeing a crime occur, or acting as a witness for faith.  Each carries magnificent weight on an individual’s life—making a lifelong covenant, pursuing justice for a wrong, sharing Good News.  Witness is people changing people’s lives.   WitnessContinue reading “l e n t :: day21_witness”

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 :: 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”