Community is about being there.

After a fire at a student house in Bloomington Indiana, people came together and gave what they had to get these young men back on track during their first week of school.  Community is an amazing thing. I received a text from my friend David yesterday.  He said things are going great and everyone gave…

Community Support Needed

This is my friend David. Last weekend David and three of his friends moved all their college stuff into a house in Bloomington Indiana to start the fall semester at IU.  Three days before the first day of class (today), their house caught fire resulting in this: Thanks to some brave firefighters and the grace…

A bug’s life.

Ants on sunflower Kale worm Yes.  I am sharing my kale with worms. Central Indiana is having a terrible drought and a stint of above 100 degree weather.  Our well has faithfully provided us with water, a true test to its depth.  We are blessed. I’ve noticed how the wild animals in our yard are…

To hear a bird song

I’ve been watching a couple of Eastern Bluebirds in my yard since spring.  Against the backdrop of my neighbor’s barn, they’ve built their home inside a rustic gray bird house nailed against an ancient power pole.  I watched as they worked days and days on end bringing back scraps of bark and twigs and string. …

That Guy

This guy is my dad.  I get to spend the 4th of July with him (and my mom, brother and sister-in-law too.)  He got a discount on his coffee at McDonald’s today because of what that hat represents.  He’s a veteran and there was a time when he caught flack for that.  It means a…

Dances with Rain

The Weather Channel had a picture of a cloud and lightning with raindrops in the 7 o’clock slot last night.  We’ve been praying for rain all month and now it’s getting critical.  I read in the newspaper that our small town only has minute’s worth of water in the tower it uses to supply the fire…

Food Stuff

The first harvest of the season is always the most exciting.

Turning a Page

  Closing a chapter and turning a page.  It’s always bittersweet.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as my kids have become grown men right before my eyes.  Yesterday, I met some friends to turn the page on a poignant time in my life.  For two summers, we showed up to put on…