Magic, Mischief and the Grind (What I am into October 2015)


October was Thanksgiving (with so much gratitude), Halloween, short work trips, birthday partys for small people, and more. It was full…and wonderful.

So, what I am into?

I am into the fall burning up all red and orange, hot drinks back in my hands most moments of the day. I am into two jobs and really believing that we can corrupt systems that oppress us and find new ways to be human. That most of our suffering is the complete lack of authentic communities, ways of loving each other, hope deferred. How do we be the Hope People in even the most hopeless of contexts? I am not always exactly sure but I will spend my life chasing it.

I am into knowing, exactly what I am called to in this season of my life, feeling my heart breaking wide open for young people who just all appear so vulnerable to me. Again, I don’t know what to do always, but I know it involves showing up, loving well, giving up myself to serve.

I am into preparing to speak at a women’s retreat this weekend. I am so excited about it that I don’t quite even know who I am. The messaging I am preaching has been burning in my bones for months. I cannot wait to share it with you!

I am into new sports for the kids. I am sad that I have to be away while my son plays in his first basketball tournament this weekend. I cannot express to you the joy it brings me to watch this little person learn this game. He is the smallest boy on his team, he is one of the only first year players, but oh my word…the hustle. It is just the best.


I am into exploring with the family and getting into the woods as much as we can muster. The kids love it as much as we do so we have got out a lot in the fall air.


I am into my kids growing up and the wise and wonderful things they say sometimes. Last week Joel was flipping through the channels and stopped briefly on one of the James Bond films. It happened to be a scene with a lot of shooting. My son, who was building lego at the table said “hey dad? Are you sure that is a good show? Maybe you should think about guarding your gates?”. This phrase I adore and stole shamelessly from my friend Sarah Bessey. We have explained it to the kids that whatever we let in our lives is often there for keeps and so we are wise when we consider what we let into our hearts, when we guard it and fill it with the beautiful, noble, and hopeful. We fill our hearts with the future we hope for.

Speaking of41TJVoBrIsL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_ Sarah Bessey, did you know that she releases her new book TODAY!? I will be honest and say that I have not got to read it yet. I have had access to an electronic pre-release and I tried and tried but could not get it. BUT TODAY the hard copy is available! I have no doubt that this book will be as deep and beautiful as she is…and will be the story that I have watched her live through her blog. The story of easy answers that don’t hold the water you hope they will, the challenging seasons that make you question everything and then, still, always, Jesus.

Also Seth Haines has a  book releasing today…”Coming Clean” tells the story of his journey through alcoholism and he makes the assertion that many of us are addicted to something. That we are all coping the best we can but usually not in the best ways. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one too!

October brought some good reading my way as well. This month it was Erwin Mcmanus “The Artisan Soul”, Glennon Melton “Carry on Warrior” and Susie Larson “Your Sacred Yes”. All great. All recommended.

I am also into taking off for the weekend with my little family. We left our phones in the car. Do you ever do that? For us it is the bread and butter. We live in an idylic place, I know. But still, we end up working all weekend if we stay home. J and I both love taking off and hiding in strange hotels. We bring our kids, eat in bed, swim in the pool. It is so refreshing for us. What do you do when you hit that wall when you just need to get away? I encourage you to take your family with you..

What are you into this month? Best album? Best book? Best adventure? Would love to hear in your comments!

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Country Chronicles: What I’m Into March 2013

I’m into the church services that leave me speechless. Spell bound. Dissolved. I’m into the grief and the celebration of living in community. In one day I prayed with nearly weds and prayed for a wounded one. Life is like that when we tear down some fences. I’m into hanging out in the back where the story is still developing, where the mother grieving a lost son escapes to, where the boys with ADD hang out. 

Photo cred...Phil Collins

Photo cred…Phil Collins

I am into the bird calls returning, the woodpecker back. I’m into the stellar jays and the robins fighting and the swallows nesting in my bird house. I’m into the mallard pair who nest in the pond each spring and the way earth smells when it thaws.


 I am into her blond curls blowing in the spring winds and her dusty rose dress. I am into his construction projects, her endless art. I’m into the dams they build in the creek, the mud they sling, the trail they leave across my floor (well, ok I’m not exactly ‘into’ that, but it is what I am doing). 

wpid-20130401_124523.jpgI am into the sun finally creeping in through filthy windows and the motivation to get stuff done. I’m into cleaning out shelves, turning round furniture.wpid-20130402_191624.jpg

I’m into this book. There will be more to come on it (and I’ll even give away a copy) but it is feeding into my leanings and I am excited about it. I am back into Game of Thrones though I put it down for a time. I am into reading about marriage again and what it means and how to do it better. I’m into figuring this motherhood thing out, finding a rhythm wherein I still feel like myself. I’m into the poets, finding my attention span short. I think Mary Oliver and I would make fine friends. 




I am into feet gathered under my table, spring sun heating our backs. I’m into any excuse I can find to use fresh basil, tomatoes and reduced balsamic vinegar. I’m into risotto, salmon lettuce wraps, black bean salad, chicken fajita soup.


What about you? What is on your ‘best of’ list for March??? On the prowl for some new music…suggestions????

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Country Chronicles: Best of January 2013

January sped away with me this year. I don’t know where it went and I notice the blogs were few and far between and had very little to do with what ACTUALLY happened to us this month (sorry again mom and dad that my last post…which was fiction writing practice…made you think I was crashing into snow drifts). So with that I present…THE BEST OF JANUARY.


We have long loved Sally Lloyd Jones “Jesus Story Book Bible” so when I saw she had written a children’s devotional it was a MUST PURCHASE. It did not disapoint…GORGEOUS.

I have started too many books since December and not finished any. Generally I have two or three books on the go at a time: A non-fiction (parenting, doing church, marriage, memoirs, gardening, other Jesus-y books), a book on craft or practice (writing, community development, nursing, research ideas), and always, always, some fiction. Fiction is always where I learn most, where I hear loudest, where lessons last the longest.

Currently reading are here…and I am joining a book club here (theology for this theology phob…blerg).

Did you read any fantastic books this month? Winter is stretching long ahead of me, anything I should add to the list?



O particpated in his first Feddersen Hockey Game. It is a big deal in this family.




I wish I was a better photographer because then you would see a photo of E and I on the our rink, skating on a mild winter night. The sun is setting and has burnt the sky vibrant red, simultaneously the full moon is rising on the other horizon and placing itself in a nearly purple sky. We skate and hold hands and then we sit in and watch the light of the moon reflect off the ice, watch Joel and O sled down the driveway and tow back up behind the quad. It was magic…and I don’t think I will soon forget it.




Does your family ever do things just because you think it would be shockingly fun? We do. My husband has a hobby…he trades things, non stop. Most recently? He traded up until he bought…A 1985 Cadillac limousine CONVERTED into a motor home.


Look out spring (Hide yo’ wife) the Feddersens are coming. And yes…that does look like a rocket on top…imagine us coming down the highway in your direction.



What a babe.



January SoundTrack:

Civil Wars, All Sons & Daughters, and this that I just can’t stop watching.

Also looking forward to Daniel Romanos new album…anybody have it yet? How is it? Missy Jayne?


Without a doubt the best film I have watched recently (though it may have been December) was “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. Have you seen it? As someone who must continually turn around and scream at fear it was POWERFUL.

Additionally as our first “Pursuit Justice” event we screened “Live 58”. You can order the film free from here or if you are a Kelowna-ite and missed our screening let me know and you can borrow it!


I talked about it before but seriously…we can’t eat enough fish tacos. This month I started making our own roti for currys and I used this veggie ladden version as a wrap for the tacos. Big hit.

Other yummy things in the kitchen? Apple fritters, tomato soup with pesto swirl, and O says the best thing I made lately as popcorn and hot chocolate. So it goes.


This winter is treating me well…I have no sign of the Februaries this year which is a HUGE PLUS.

What about you? What is on your ‘best of’ list for January???

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