Last week was crazy week at my house. Actually, maybe every week is crazy week, but last week the craziness exceeded normal limits. Monday night I hosted a bridal shower for 35 women, Wednesday night 20 people came over to plan a community service project, Thursday I helped with a wedding rehearsal and went to the dinner afterwards. Friday night our house church had a games night, and Saturday I coordinated my friend’s wedding. Sometimes craziness just happens despite my best attempts to take control of my schedule. [Read more…]
This month my husband and I are celebrating twenty years of a marriage that almost didn’t happen. His proposal to me was anything but romantic. After four years of a stormy, long-distance relationship, I was at home crying. We’d just said good-bye after a weekend of arguing, and I was convinced that our relationship was finally over. To my utter shock, Jose stopped by on his way to the airport. He rang the doorbell, kissed me, and shoved a ring on my finger. [Read more…]
Last night thirty-five women packed into my living room to talk, eat, sing, dance, and dye our palms orange. It was definitely another Middle Eastern moment to remind me that I actually do live here. We celebrated the upcoming marriage of a friend with a traditional henna night. The evening started out as a bridal shower, but at 9:00 the bride-to-be donned a red gown and veil. Friends danced around her with a candle lit henna platter before dying her palms. [Read more…]
If you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed on Monday after a busy weekend. You spent Saturday at the mall shopping for clothes with your kids, and Sunday was the church picnic. Before you know it, Monday morning comes, and you’re wishing you had a few more hours to get ready for the full week ahead of you. Overwhelmed is what happens when you look at your day-timer and add everything up without putting God into the equation. [Read more…]
My kids are now bigger than I am, but my favorite family routine is tucking them into bed every night. Amazingly, they still love it too. Most nights I ask them what the highlight and low point of their day was, and I share mine as well. Then I pray for them, thanking God for the gift they are to our family.
Last week I wrote about celebrating milestones as a way of reinforcing identity and family culture. In their book Sticky Faith, Kara Powell and Chap Clark also talk about daily rituals and routines as a way to build family culture and encourage our kids’ positive self-image. [Read more…]