The Liturgy of Summer

The Liturgy of Summer

There’s just something about long, hot days pressing into cool, dark mornings. Sleepy heads roll over for just a few more minutes of shut-eye. Our bodies are allowed the slow start that the day brings without having to keep time to the coffee pot chimes, the alarm...
Read Your Kids the Book of Nature

Read Your Kids the Book of Nature

When I was nine, my family moved to a seven-acre plot of land. At night, cicadas buzzed and lightening bugs rose simultaneously with a mist from the creek. We ate mulberries from the tree while slapping mosquitos, and I trained tender pale-green pea vines up wire...
Finding God in the Chaos of Summer: Holy Lemonade

Finding God in the Chaos of Summer: Holy Lemonade

My kids love to build lemonade stands. But I hate them. I am really ashamed to admit this because it seems like something a mother should embrace as the joy of summertime. Kids selling lemonade is so small-town sentimental, so community creating. The idea that people...
The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom

The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom

We always knew where her house was because of the huge palm tree in the front yard, which could be seen from blocks and blocks away. Planted when my dad was just a boy, the tree swayed in the ocean breeze and beckoned us inside where a little glass jar of Hershey...
Summer Sabbatical

Summer Sabbatical

Summer is here. The world is screaming it. The trees have leaves, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and my son’s school is ending. The question comes up quite frequently: What are you going to do to keep busy this summer? Almost daily we receive fliers from...

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