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Halloween Greetings

I love the fall. I am not sure if it’s because we’re finally getting out of the summer heat or if there’s something in the air as rains start to come back. Halloween is especially fun in our house with decorations for a festive change of environment.  My son is particularly excited about Halloween this year. He enjoys trick-or-treating, getting candy, eating candy,…

I’m getting high

“I’m getting high! I am getting high!,” filled the silence on the campground.  Between the shouts, giggles ensued as each moment passed, and the sounds of silliness and ecstasy reverberated around the camp. I was trying hard not to laugh at the situation as I imagined what a visitor might be thinking if they just arrived on the property. A few minutes…

My Hormones Finally Arrived!

The end of May has been great on so many levels. Our winter storm Renovations in Kelsey Lodge and Vicki’s Haven are finally coming together. The salt staff is super excited about their arrival on Tuesday (June 1st) and making preparations for an amazing summer. And on top of all that, I am personally excited that my hormones finally arriving in the…

Herding Cats in a Hail Storm

If only I had thought to play Boots Randolph’s Yakety Sax song the other night when the thunderstorms passed through Slumber Falls camp, the amusement of the moment would have increased as we attempted to round up the seven cats and other animals into pet carriers and kennels in case we had to move them to a secured location for the tornado…

Insights to Spiritual Journeys

What exactly is Lent?  I would ask myself that when I was younger but I lacked the motivation to find out.  Sure, I knew it was a time before Easter and Jesus wandering in the wilderness and praying a lot. I also remember my father setting up a large wooden cross in the baptistery, where our church immersed individuals for their baptism. …

Lessons from Yellow Snow

Living most of my life in Texas, I had never experienced so much snow. Usually in Texas, we get sleet or ice or nothing at all. While I would love to have a white Christmas that would add that wintery, magical ambience seen in so many Hallmark movies, I was still elated to see the snow fall and stick in February.  The…

Lessons from Being the Best “Sinner”!

Yesterday, my 3-year-old son told me that I was the best sinner as he was climbing to the top of a mulch pile! My heart stood still.  What were they teaching him over at Friedens UCC’s Early Learning Academy over in Geronimo, Texas! What was I doing that would give him that impression?  Before allowing my mind to snowball in thought, I…

HEADLINES: World Destruction Thwarted due to Christmas Season!

As Christmas approaches and the excitement around our house continues to grow, our three-year-old son counts down the days to Christmas on his Advent calendar.  Memories of last Christmas compounded with new ideas and understandings from Christmas movies, stories, and songs add to his uncontrollable excitement as Christmas day approaches.  I enjoy this time of the year because of the Christmas spirit,…

Derailing Trains and the Church

It is hard to believe that we are in mid-November.  This year has been surreal on so many fronts.  I feel like I have been behind the eight-ball on so many things. We didn’t decorate for Halloween until Halloween Day. That did not sit well with my two-year-old son, we really enjoyed the decorations but…

Seasons of Change

The wind chimes around my house and camp office continue to ring with the gentle autumn winds.  The cooler temperature and relatively recent rains have encouraged the fall growing season including fall flowering.  Temperature changes, aging nectar, and the earth’s tilting axis all play a role in migration patterns within wildlife.  This year, the butterfly…