Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving Proclamation

I was first introduced to this “Thanksgiving Proclamation,” my first year of pastoring in the Grand Canyon National Park.  We had a community service where all of the churches in the park came together to celebrate.  It is unbelievable how far we as a country have come in the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I urge you to take this and read it together as a family on this day.  To remember the true reason why we as a nation take this day as a holiday every year. Continue reading


Gratitude and Generosity

I don’t know if it’s the colors, the smells, the food or the anticipation of things to come, but fall is my favorite time of year. There is something about the crunch of the amber and crimson leaves under my feet, the beautiful golden harvested fields, and the smell of pine infused bonfires that make me feel cozy. So as I snuggle up with my warm, fuzzy socks and a pumpkin spice coffee, I reflect on this season. Continue reading


Marriage 101 – Wedding Day Do-over

marriage tip: DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOUR ANNIVERSARY TO RE-LIVE YOUR SPECIAL DAY

i find it amazing how a wedding anniversary can sometimes change the atmosphere in the home – at least in ours (and i have a sneaking suspicion we are not alone). no matter what stresses are pressing down, no matter what financial worries are looming, and no matter what annoyances have been felt, an approaching anniversary seems to erase all those cares and fill the heart with “ushy – gushy butterflies” all over again. Continue reading


Diamonds are forever…or not!

My engagement ring is a channel set white gold ring with seven 10 point diamonds. It’s simple,  nothing overly fancy, but precious to me. The diamonds are big enough to sparkle beautifully in the sun. Since we got engaged in college with a very limited budget, they are definitely not flawless diamonds. The color is fairly bright, but some of the diamonds have some occlusions, including a tiny black speck.

Last month, I was sitting and talking with a friend when I glanced at my hand and noticed that something looked “off”. Continue reading