Sunday, August 30, 2009

Alters

I am trying to set-up a little alter/sacred space in our house. If you have something like that, I would appreciate hearing how you went about it. My space is limited and currently just has a few books on Unitarian Universalism (adult and child), a small chalice, UUSC donation box and finger labyrinth. Yet, it just doesn't feel spiritual, welcoming or sacred. I also want it to be child friendly. I don't know, I just am not sure how to go about setting up something meaningful. I know it should be reflective of our family and values, but currently it feels a little stilted and not inspiring. Thoughts? Ideas?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hitting Our Groove

Lately I have been feeling like things are going really well (knock on wood). I had been extremely stressed about school starting, baby starting kindergarten, the huge library undertaking, church decisions, food preserving, etc. Basically, a fear of how things were going to turn out in an ever decreasing time-line. I was feeling very overwhelmed. Well, two weeks into the school year and I think we are finding our groove. The kids are really enjoying their classes. This year they all have great teachers. My two oldest are also in a gifted program and were able to get into their first choice classes. My kindergartner is loving being at school with his siblings and cousins. He finally gets to be in the conversation and it is so cute. I have a 1000+ books catalogued. While there is still about 2000 to go, I feel like I have a very good start and some great volunteers have stepped forward to help. Husband and I are starting to get on the same page with church and I am excited to explore some new opportunities. While I haven't canned everything I had wanted, the garden has come into its own. Check back soon for some pictures. Not everything is perfect (how could it be), but I am trying to project a more positive attitude. There are certain things that I wish I could have more control over or understand better, but I am working on letting them go. My life is way too short to obsess about things I can do nothing about. I am going to try my hardest to keep this mind frame. Life is going very well and I am so thankful for that.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Way to go Lutherans!

I am very happy to hear that the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) has voted to allow committed, sexually active gay clergy in the pulpit. My in-laws are heavily involved in the ELCA church. In fact, my sister-in-law and her husband are both ELCA ministers. My children attend an ELCA school. This issue has been swirling around the denomination for quite awhile and I am so glad to see that this has finally been approved. I am, though, very curious to see how our local church responds. I am hoping positively. One of the reasons we are comfortable sending our children there is its open and accepting atmosphere.

I am also proud of them for putting "Christian" love ahead of personal beliefs. I have often been astounded about how many Christians can profess so much hate towards a group of people. Where is the brotherly love? Where is the Jesus acceptance of all people? To me, the ELCA is taking a big step in the right direction. I hope all the congregations affiliated with them see this and don't jump to separate without really assessing their Christian values and the real motivations for their dissent. I also hope this encourages other denominations to really look into how they are following Jesus' path. In my opinion, love is not judgemental.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Laughing at Myself

Yesterday I heard a news report stating that MO was instituting tighter cattle wrestling laws. Now, I grew up in Iowa and am fairly aware of various cattle diversions. Mostly the infamous cow-tipping runs. I have never heard of cow wrestling before. I was sitting in the car listening to the news announcer discussing all of this like it was very common and quite a problem. I couldn't figure it out. All I could picture were people wrestling cows for sport, but it seemed so ridiculous. Then I thought maybe cows were wrestling each other. Now if you have ever hung out with cows, that also seems very impossible. Finally I just let it go as something outside my realm of knowledge.

Today I am reading the paper and come across the article. Of course - cow rustling, not cow wrestling. I do need to get out this little world I live in inside my head.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Individual vs. Group

I will never understand how people can think that the health of the group would not benefit themselves as individuals. The debate on healthcare has greatly saddened me. It makes me sick and angry that we have such a pathetic healthcare system that is tied to our employment. It frustrates me that people are so afraid of the government, that they are willing to deny healthcare to fellow citizens - themselves included. It scares me that my husband could by laid-off and we would have no medical insurance. It should not be like this. I can't stand that I live in a country that allows this to continue. It is shameful that we allow our neighbors to suffer because we will not step up and demand this human right.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Era

Well, it is done. All three are officially registered for school. I can't believe my youngest is starting kindergarten. I remember when he was born thinking, "well, now I have five more years!". Now, I don't. The five years are up. I will really miss him. I call him my sidekick because he goes with me everywhere. We are always together. Now he will be gone half the day and, soon, the whole day. He is excited, though. He finally gets to go to school where his brother and sister attend. He has a great teacher and I know will really enjoy the class. It is just hard for me. I like having my children around and it will seem empty without them here for much of the day. It really is the beginning of a new era for me. I am curious to see where it leads.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More excuses...

Real life keeps getting in the way of blogging. I am in the throes of organizing/cataloging my children's school library. School starts soon and I am in a race to beat opening day. I have already admitted defeat to finish the whole library, but I do have grand plans that all the fiction work will be catalogued and alphabetized. Wish me luck - I need a lot of it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fruits of my labor

Despite last week being crazy busy, plus a weekend trip to Iowa, I did manage to get some canning done. I canned: pickles, rhubarb-orange jam, and lemon-sage wine mustard. I dried: orange cherry tomatoes, sage, coriander, parsley, thyme, and oregano. In the freezer: pesto and hanging outside to cure: garlic. Everything was from my garden or the CSA except the orange and lemon. I have also started collecting blackberries for more jam. I should have enough by the end of this week. Next year, I should also have enough raspberries and strawberries for even more jam. I hope to make more pickles, pesto, can some peaches and beer mustard, and freeze tomato sauce by the end of this season. Then I will feel ready for winter!