Sandbox Cooperative

Earlier this summer I got to visit the Sandbox Cooperative HEADQUARTERS in Rochester to record an episode of their podcast with Chris and Dave. It was a blast and a big honor to participate in such a cool project.

The episode is about communicating. Check out episode 69 of the Sandbox Cooperative podcast (and all the rest of their episodes as well)!

Here's the link. 


Cafe Collaboration

Good morning!

I had the opportunity to collaborate with Cafe this month to share a reflection with you on your identity as precious, honored, and loved.

You can find it here


Teardrop Camper Dreams Come True

Justin, Finn and I recently visited Rice Lake State Park with a rented camper from Midwest Teardrops! We also got a chance to meet the company owners, Bryan and Tracy Kreiter and see their workspace in Owatonna, MN. After 8 years of being really interested in teardrops, it was a HUGE DELIGHT for me to get to stay in one! We both loved it. 

If you're interested in renting a teardrop or purchasing one, we would highly recommend Midwest Teardrops. They are made with such care and thoughtfulness.

And if you'd like to buy me a teardrop camper, I'd be very open to that. :) :) :) :) :)

This was Finn's first camping trip! He did a great job and seemed to enjoy our extra snuggly accommodations.

Midwest Teardrops page: https://www.midwestteardrops.com/
Rice Lake State Park page: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html…


Hi there! How are you? I've decided to return to blogging in more of a diary style. It's a way to share about adventures and happenings in my life...and a way to store photos and memories! This was the original format of the blog, and I miss it.

A couple weekends back, Justin, Alex and I headed to Gamehaven Reservoir, a park just outside Rochester. It was a blast. Here are a few pics from that day.

(Rochester in the distance!)



I hope you're having a wonderful summer! It has been quite awhile since I linked to the recent Post-Bulletin columns. Here are the last several:

Restoration and recharging in the summer (link)

Restorative justice and immigration (link)

A new perspective (an ode to finally cleaning the windows) (link)

Toastmasters at the ALC (link)

Worship Life feature (link)

Use what you have (in celebration of actually using antiques) (link)

A Pentecost celebration (link


Be Still

Be Still is ready for you!

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/bestillmay2018

Also - here's a cool resource for families about unplugging this summer: 


God soup

Source: Unsplash
When encountering a faith community or person whose spiritual life is different from your own, it doesn’t seem helpful to start from a place of judgment. Instead, what if we opt to begin from a place of compassion? What if we start by simply acknowledging the reality that there are different ways to see the world and make sense of it? 
Let me say concretely: this approach doesn’t mean we all need to passively adopt one another’s perspectives. Far from it! No one is asking us to just combine all our beliefs, creeds, and commitments into one big bowl so we’re left with a bland pot of God stew. No thanks. I don’t want to eat that soup, and I doubt you do either.
-A passage from this week's Post-Bulletin column; here's the link to the full reflection