Why I am making you practice your violin

Without fail, after the lesson with her beloved teacher, my 8 year old loves violin.  Without fail, after a recital she also loves violin.  Without fail, when she plays with other kids who play violin, and they have fun together, she is swelling with pride about her ability. this video is too dark, but you can…

Candyland

Candyland Posted by CHEZWHAT on MAY 19, 2015 EDIT   When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!” how do you respond?   Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and taking off the gardening gloves or putting down whatever I was in…

Graduating.

reposted after editing. Posted by CHEZWHAT on JUNE 9, 2015  If one is graduating, it’s fairly certain that they have: been asked what they are going to do next been given advice been given more advice, typically based on the advice giver’s experiences or observations Only the treacherous among us offer advice that is not…

Toshiko Takaezu: Closed forms & Vocation

Recently a friend sent out the lovely idea to spend some time learning something about an artist rather than feeling mad, bad or sad about our country’s current leadership. Agreed. And so in my lap was placed the work of Toshiko Takaezu.  She may have chosen Toshiko because Hawaii was my current location, and that […]

Vocation | Enneagram: Ugh!

“they tell me” I am a Type 2 “Helper” with a close runner up of “Peacemaker” which would make my parents howl with laughter.

Toshiko Takaezu: Closed forms & Vocation

Recently a friend sent out the lovely idea to spend some time learning something about an artist rather than feeling mad, bad or sad about our country’s current leadership. Agreed. And so in my lap was placed the work of Toshiko Takaezu.  She may have chosen Toshiko because Hawaii was my current location, and that…

A different Advent celebration.

Christmas has always contained some amount of stress. Panic sprung as the wave washed over and traditions were left floating in the sea of life around me, left behind perhaps to be picked up next year. There’s the advent calendar that didn’t get attended to daily.  There are the books never read, the movie we forgot to watch, the…

the story

because perhaps i have been here so long, the story can’t be told without the pictures. and because i have been here for so long, there are so, so many pictures. some so old, you may have seen them before. but regardless, they tell the story of lives.  firsts.   and of blessing granted. pictures…

Rolling over Redemption (a minimally refined SFD)*

When the kids are bored sometimes I tell them to go hunt ladybugs or to go roll over a rock to see what is there.  I don’t know, it works for me, that rock rolling over thing. Except now I get more complicated, I want to roll over the rock of what is the difference…

The Atrium

This girl is interacting with the Good Shepherd work.  The parable of the Good Shepherd is rich with significance for a child from the ages 3 to 6, as they come to know God as a protector with deep love for them. I have tried for two years to begin talking about something that I…