Tuesday, September 25, 2007


It's a perfect day for a hayride! The Bright Beginnings kids (preschoolers) are going to pile onto the Youngs' haywagon today and enjoy the great ride that Chris always gives us. Over the hills and through the changing autumn leaves we will travel on dirt roads and maybe even through some fields. I get to tag along with the both the morning and afternoon classes, and I love it! Add "hayride" to my list of pastoral perks. Life is good!

UPDATE: Martha was our tractor driver for the morning ride; Chris drove the afternoon run.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lucky Me!

Every pastor should be welcomed back from her sabbatical leave by THIS in the parsonage yard. What is it? On the right, a "birthday card" and on the left a sign that essentially says to put your money in and "flush your sins" here! And both signs in Spanish to celebrate my attempts to regain my Spanish fluency while I was gone. How clever they are!

And that same energy is just as creative and unpredictable and fun in our ministry together. How blessed I am!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

She loves her some football!

My favorite NCAA teams:
LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers
My favorite NFL teams:
New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers

Hmmm ... cats and saints.
Sorry, this southern transplant to PA still can't root for the Eagles or the Steelers or the ... what? ... Nittany Lions? I am still a fan of the teams of the South.
LSU plays Virginia Tech tonight. Go, Tigers!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Lead us from death to life ...

Sabbatical leave is over with and I am on my way back from wonderful Louisiana to my pastor life in beautiful Northeast Pennsylvania. Leaving Baton Rouge on Sunday, I spent that day and night in Biloxi, Mississippi with my sis and my mom before going on my way. Dayton Scoggins, chainsaw artist, has made art out of some dead trees along the Gulf Coast down there. In the background are distressed trees bravely leafed out, surrounded by vacant lots that were once (B.K. -- Before Katrina) thriving businesses in prime coastal real estate.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is very real. I saw lots full of empty FEMA trailers and "camps" of people in FEMA trailers and camping vehicles. I heard Louisiana residents disgusted at the amounts of Federal money "squandered by Louisiana graft and corruption" even though most of the waste has been by the Federal government. I also heard about many people still displaced, suffering or otherwise affected by Katrina, two years later.

I do hope, with the chainsaw artist, that something beautiful eventually will be crafted from what Katrina has wrought.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Another one of those blog quizzes ...

You scored as Cultural Creative, Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative

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