Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

Cheryl

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Second Sunday in Advent, December 10, 2017

This week’s readings Like last week, we’ll start with the Gospel Reading, Mark 1:1-8. We begin at the beginning of the book of Mark! But…what was going on just before this? Honestly, I’m not sure that I had three Sunday School classes in my whole life talk about what happened between Malachi and Matthew, but it’s important. I’d like to do a review of the history between the Old and.. Read More

How to Read My Lectionary Posts

Each week, I lead a Sunday School class for ages 14 and up. Our topic is that week’s lectionary reading as found in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We started our class back in August of 2017 with the goal of orienting ourselves to the readings in preparation for the worship service which follows. I began writing and circulating the notes from lessons when either some class members or I.. Read More

First Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2017

This week’s lessons Welcome to Advent, and year B in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We have a lot of changes from Ordinary Time that we’ve been in since our class started in August. Before we dive into the readings for this week, let’s get oriented to where we are. Last week ended Year A in the RCL’s three-year cycle through the Bible. You’ll remember that we spent a lot.. Read More

I’m excited to show you my new house.

Welcome to our house! Excuse the mess; it’s still under construction. But we are getting close. We’ve owned two houses in twenty years, but in those houses Bill and I have finished basements, gutted a kitchen and bathroom, installed extensive hardscaping, and built pools and decks. This farmhouse is our first (and last?) experience in new construction. Building the house wasn’t even on our radar a couple of years ago… Read More

Week in Review, 5/6

We’ve had a jam-packed spring, which culminated in a huge string of days last weekend. Here we go… Matthew’s Junior Prom was last Thursday. A sweet group of kids met at the farm for pictures, and then they were off to One Midtown Kitchen for dinner and the Fox Theater for dancing. They ended the evening back at our house for breakfast and some time to just hang out. One.. Read More

Travel Odds and Ends

Thank you for reading my series! Even though I missed a couple of days, I have had so much fun recounting our family vacations as I’ve written this series. Since October is over, though, I’ll close with a few thoughts about doing the unexpected. Some of our favorite vacation memories come from doing the thing that “other people” do, not us. The thing that seemed too fancy, or indulgent. It.. Read More

While You’re Out

This post is a little random but I have some thoughts about what to carry while you’re out and about. Traditionally, I carry a large handbag or backpack when we are out sightseeing. It holds my (large) wallet, the camera, a guidebook, maybe a water bottle, sometimes a sweater. It’s convenient in case we make a couple of purchases while we’re out, because they could be tossed in the bag,.. Read More

Smile for the Camera!

You, Mom. Yes. YOU. Of all the ways to remember our trips, photos have always been the best way to preserve those memories. And I am in almost none of them. My number one photography tip is to make sure that the photographer gets in front of the camera a little bit every single day. In my family, I’m the shutterbug. That means that I have tons of shots of.. Read More

Don’t forget to remember.

I love that the French word for remember is “souvenir.” That’s exactly how I feel about the things we’ve bought in our travels. After a lot of junk purchases, I’ve discovered a couple of basic ideas for buying souvenirs while we’re gone. That apron I’m wearing in that picture is one of my favorite purchases, and I think of Windsor Castle every time I put it on. Plus, it is.. Read More

When Bad Things Happen…

Even on vacation, life happens. We’ve had bickering, exhaustion, stitches, broken bones, and IVs while away from home. How do you keep the bad things from taking over your vacation? Plan, but don’t cast those plans in stone. The name of my blog is “Holding Butterflies” because that is how I feel raising my kids–I hold them, but not so tight that I damage them, and not so loose that.. Read More