The pigeon has several stages… Happy Halloween!

31 10 2013

Kajsa wanted to be the pigeon this year for Halloween–that is, “the” pigeon of Mo Willems’ books, namely, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. She loves the Willems books. And the pigeon. As do I. They’re quite fun.

Our little pigeon had three stages, thanks to three opportunities to wear the costume–Chinese school, Elementary School parade, and trick-or-treating tonight. Whatever the stage, it was a fun Halloween!

Pigeon #2, fabric wings. School parade.

Pigeon #2, fabric wings. School parade.

(different beak, smaller tail, more comfy velcro on the hood)

(different beak, smaller tail, more comfy velcro on the hood)


Lent 42: sheer silliness

28 03 2013

“The Message that points to Christ on the cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out…”  

(1 Corinthians 1:18. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase in The Message. The link should take you to both the NIV and The Message.)

I made this cross mosaic a year ago or so. Lent 42: sheer sillinessMaybe two now– I can’t remember. It likely looks like “sheer silliness” to many.. but to me, it makes perfect sense. I carefully chose all the pieces of this mosaic to represent something particular. And now, every time I see it, I remember, and give thanks to God for bringing me through the season that prompted mosaic-making.

Lent 29: new creation

14 03 2013

A new creation. Of sorts. It’s no longer new to us, because we finished this DIY project many months ago. But it is a project that created something new out of some things old. It took months to complete.  Lent 29: new creationIt involved washing out coconut milk cans after a homemade Thai meal; painting the cans inside and out; picking out an old cookie sheet to use for the project and collecting magnets to hold the cans to the old cookie sheet. Then, gathering some of the multitude of crayons and colored pencils we have to fill the cans with their respective colors.

For the artistic types in our house, the project was fun to create, and continues to inspire creativity. We love colors here (again, the artistic types at least), and we love the multitude of colored pencils and crayons. And I love creating something new out of something old.

I wonder if God finds similar joy in creating something new out of us, when we allow him to do so?

Lent 18: Winding Art

2 03 2013

Lent 18: Winding Art

 Visual reflection–
Kajsa’s artwork from school.
Lines… colors… some scribbling.. a lot of winding around.

Lent 17: DIY

2 03 2013

(Yesterday’s post, which I had written… but never actually published.)

I made this duvet cover today for Kajsa. It should be a simple task. It wasn’t. And it’s not completely finished either. I’m not a seamstress. Never have been. Lent 17: DIY winding road But occasionally I think that I can do some project, even though I have no idea what I’m doing. After all, I made a duvet cover my first year of seminary–that was… 1993. Yep. Simple project–sew together two twin flat sheets. Ha. Suffice it to say that I did things in the wrong order, making a simple and quick project much longer than expected.

I do not often say that people deserve their own suffering. And, a DIY duvet cover does not come close to falling under the category of suffering. No way. I do, however, think that my DIY project today became more complex, more time-consuming and more frustrating because I thought I could jump right in and remember how to make one of these.

There are times when we, I, make a mess in our DIY lives, I think. Sometimes. I’m not speaking to the circumstances-beyond-our-control factors at all. In our lives, our relationships and some situations, I think it’s easy to try and cruise on DIY, when what we need to do first is discern and trust God more. Granted, things might still be a mess. There are no guarantees with this stuff. But at least, with more God in the situation and less unnecessary-DIY, we might have a bit more patience and guidance.. Maybe.

(And yes, the polka dot pillow in Lent 16’s photo is from the same sheet set as this polka dotted sheet.) 

Day 38: highest heaven

16 04 2011

highest heaven

ok. So not quite the “highest heaven” as mentioned in Matthew 21:9: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” But a high heaven. Or a high sky. Kajsa brought this picture home from preschool last week, and it’s one of my favorites. I like blue, but aside from that, it just seems to hold so much potential… the “sky’s the limit”… that type of thing. (And yes, I realize that her name is upside down. At first I hung it with her name right side up, but she told me that was wrong. The astronaut is supposed to be right side up, not the name.)

I’ve honestly never been sure why we sing/pray/recite things about the “highest heaven”. I’m sure there’s some valid and logical reason, but frankly I’m too tired to try and figure it out right now. So, since this is yesterday’s picture that I’m a day late posting, I’m simply going to enjoy Kajsa’s fingerpainting and gold stars…

If you have any deep or even non-deep reflections on this picture, let me know!


31 10 2010

It only took me countless hours, on and off, but I finally finished the costume. Maybe next time I should actually try to figure out a pattern, and how to read a sewing pattern, instead of trying to do it all by myself. If I keep up with these sewing projects, I’ll have to eventually learn, because it will take less time.

Regardless, good thing the girl is dang cute.

Tonight we went trick-or-treating with friends–in their neighborhood. Lots of fun. We also visited a couple other friends at their homes–this afternoon and this evening.

"Clifford the Big Red Dog"

Family Photo... with Milo, a neighborhood cat (not our neighborhood)

Trick-or-Treating with friends

Rocking on…

17 10 2010

at a Lost & Found concert. Lots to catch up on, but since I just uploaded some fun pictures, and an adorable picture of Kajsa in the shirt I fashioned for her, I thought I’d just start with today. Jim, Kajsa, Lois, Charlotte and Dave and I went to Baltimore area for the concert. I know, a long way (2 and a half hours?) for a short concert.. but hey, it’s Michael and George… how can we not go?

The last time we saw them in concert, we asked if they have any kids shirts. They don’t. At least not little kids. So I took one of my old “Stein Auf” t-shirts that had some stains on it, and cut out the words, then sewed them onto a shirt of Kajsa’s. I love it.

You might want to panic now.


Michael and George, aka "Lost & Found"



Kajsa's 1st "Lost & Found" t-shirt



taking a picture of me taking a picture of her guitar hand stamp, from the concert....


don’t panic yet…

6 09 2010

but I actually sat in front of the sewing machine tonight, and made something. I know, I know… you didn’t see it coming… But don’t worry. It’s still me. But it’s me quite impressed with myself, if I do say so myself. I made this crayon roll in 2 hours and 15 minutes… Granted, it helps that I had the computer open in front of me the whole time, with this tutorial up on the screen. But still, pretty fun. Hopefully Kajsa agrees. If not, I got myself a nice crayon roll for the times when I color with Kajsa!

Here are the pictures….


the crayon roll--rolled out

the crayon roll--rolled up

Good Samaritan preaching…

5 07 2010

I’m preaching this Sunday, and the text is Luke 10:25-37… or, as many of us know it, “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”. As I’m thinking about the text, the message–or many messages–and the potential directions for preaching, I came across this interesting piece. Apparently it’s by a Barbara Johnson, though in my initial research I couldn’t figure out who this Barbara Johnson is… but apparently it was printed in “Ecunet, Homiletics”.. not sure if that means Homiletics magazine, or what.. but, here it is.. clever. Good. Interesting. If any of you have seen this, and know who Barbara Johnson is, feel free to let me know.

A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.

A subjective person came along and said, “I feel for you down there.”

An objective person came along and said, “It’s logical that someone would fall down there.”

A Pharisee said, “Only bad people fall into a pit.”

A mathematician calculated how he fell into the pit.

A news reporter wanted an exclusive story on his pit.

A fundamentalist said, “You deserve your pit.”

An IRS man asked if he was paying taxes on the pit.

A self-pitying person said, “You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit.”

A charismatic said, “Just confess that you’re not in a pit.”

An optimist said, “Things could be worse.”

A pessimist said, “Things will get worse.”

Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit!

And then I found this great image of artwork, called “Portrait of You as the Good Samaritan”. You may need to scroll to the right to get the full image. It’s also good, interesting, and makes me think.