• Faith,  grace,  Life

    Lessons Learned from a Pumpkin

    For the past 16 years, our annual family trips to the pumpkin patch have always culminated with a pumpkin-picking-out ceremony. Our chosen pumpkin has always been selected based on its various redeeming attributes. A strong stem for easy carrying. A perfectly round shape with no dents or flat sides. A bright orange color with no trace of green or brown spots. For the past 16 years, our little family would sit down about a week before Halloween and carve the pumpkin. The kids sketch designs, my husband wields the knife, and we all scoop out the seeds for roasting. Family Pumpkin Carving is one of my favorite traditions. As we’re…

  • Faith,  Growth,  Life,  parenting

    The Surprising Weight of Small Decisions

    Smoke from the wildfires made its way back to our area yesterday. I was determined to get a quick walk in, even though the neighborhood smelled like a campfire. (Which I typically enjoy, but it loses its appeal without the promise of burnt hot dogs and s’mores). The haze hanging in the atmosphere didn’t deter me from getting outside and enjoying the fresh air changing leaves. Also, it was well past lunchtime and I had taken approximately 27 steps that day, so a walk was necessary. I decided to take our 8 year old Sheltie, Lucy, with me. She spends her days sprawled out, napping near my office desk. Getting…