Happy Mother’s Day Robyn!
We have a lot of reasons to thank you.
You have carried some heavy burdens this year.
You have carried the pain of some wounds and some loses.
You have carried the tension of uncertainty.
You have worked hard and put in extra long hours on your business.
You are still very involved at the kid’s school.
You are still involved in helping friends, helping the city, and helping the world.
You are still able to warn our children the ways that any dangerous activity could destroy the world. 🙂
Thank you for all of those things.
I also want to thank you for being silly, or as you say, a little crazy. (Don’t try to deny it. We have pictures)
This year has had plenty of challenges.
There have been times when we have felt pressed in from all sides. There have been times when we have even felt the tension in the air.
Sometimes we just had to lean into it and press on.
But at other times what we needed to do was laugh and dance and sing.You normally take the lead in those times.
You have the wisdom to know that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. 
Thank you for that.
Thank you for bringing “an ample bit of crazy” when we need it.
I know that it is not always easy to do. I also know that it is important.
It is really good for our kids.
In fact, it is just plain good for all of us.
Thank you. We love you.
Happy Fun Mother’s Day! 

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Easter Appalachian Trail Run  4/4/10

– By Don Vining

Arising, arising, arising

Lofty perch for miles and miles

Lower than clouds, higher than graves

Lover of trails and private treasures

Trickling cold streams

Soothing spring sun

A mountain commander

Speaking without words

Soaring without flying

Singing without music

Beauty without flowers

Poetry without books

Birthing without pain

And time…

Time to be alive

That was enough.

Greetings World!

This should be fun.

I have held off on blogging for a while now, primarily because life has been really hectic for us over the past 7 years (4 homes, 4 jobs, and 2 kids!), and I was not really hip enough to get on the bus before that! However, now that we feel a bit more settled in life (insert sun emerging from the clouds) it seems time to give in to the statements’ “you really should blog.”

The tone of this blog will be conversational. I will simply try to picture the computer as a friend sitting across the table with a cup of coffee (or insert beverage of choice) with whom I am having a good conversation. The people who are close to me will tell you that that those conversations can range from hyper, to hopeful, to annoyed, to reflective. Those conversations also tend to include a lot of listening on my part. I am going to try to interact thoughtfully, honestly, and respectfully with any posts on this blog – at least as much as a pastor and father of two young kids and owner of one old house has time!

Many of the reasons for this blog are probably self serving. The blog will give me a place to express some of the thoughts that flood my mind each day, and hopefully get a little more focus and clarity on them. I also hope that I can get some insights from anyone who might read any particular postings. Like many of you, I have been incredibly molded by dialogue, friendly and not so friendly, with strangers, mentors and friends over the years. I hope that blogging will continue that tradition. While I am confident that I will benefit greatly from this blog, I do hope that some of my posts, will serve to do some good in this world. I really do love this place. It is my prayer and my life’s work that the world will look a little bit more like what God had/has in mind.

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

And to that end my friends – let’s do this thing!

Grace and Peace,