Dear Jude: Sparkly Awesomeness

Dear Jude, you’re the kind of awesomeness that makes any day sparkle. I love watching your joyful escapes to the yard whenever the door is cracked;the way you dance to any and all music, even when you’re about to fall asleep, little legs kicking in time; your unfailing fascination with the wrapping of your gifts…

God is more than “Church”

I think the church vs state, God vs autonomy, etc arguments aren’t helped by the fact that for many, Churches=God. Our human failings can make God seem confused, vindictive, oppressive & more. But God is more than “Churches” & higher than all our weak expressions/ideas of Him. I pray He be revealed in a real…

Dear Jude: Daycare Day 1

Dear Jude, on this your first day of daycare (which feels awfully like ‘school’ to me) I have no pictures to post as they would all be of your head back, as you trotted off to your classroom and to this moment, have not even glanced back. How proud I am! Still, I’ve already called…

Dear Jude, on this your first day of daycare (which feels awfully like ‘school’ to me) I have no pictures to post as they would all be of your head back, as you trotted off to your classroom and to this moment, have not even glanced back. How proud I am! Still, I’ve already called…

What Makes a Marriage

Marriage is more than “I do”. It’s also “I will”. And somewhere between the doing today and the improvements tomorrow, the wedding becomes a marriage becomes a life that fulfills God’s plans. Just keep doing, keep trying, keep fighting, keep going.

Dear Jude: Regarding style

Dear Jude, who knows what you kids will be wearing in a few years, but here are a few fundamentals from your mama: 1. Clothes must be CLEAN. Not ‘look’ clean or  ‘smell’ clean. BE clean. Uncrushed too.  2. They must cover what needs to be covered as appropriate to time and place. (work: arms…