Go-out, out-live, out-think, and out-love.

                                  Trevor Hudson

today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop

today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop

This morning, I feel the change in the air and take in a deep breath, with thoughts of summer days and beautiful harvests. Not just garden harvests, but summer-day harvests of love, laughter, stories, and open spaces. Wandering around my garden early this morning, I witness the exhaustion of my soil. I fill my bucket with worm castings and walk around spreading the rich manure, giving new life to tired soil. As worms digest material, they refine it into this dark rich (not smelly) manure called worm castings.  When applied to your soil, these castings, or worm excrement, add humic acid, beneficial...

kisses from katie, by katie davis majors (review by jacob walker)

kisses from katie, by katie davis majors (review by jacob walker)

In my mind, this book is a story foremost of courage. An eighteen-year-old girl has the courage to tell the world that what it esteems is not what she esteems and the courage to live as though the foolish, weak, insignificant things are worth far more than the intellectual, strong, important things. Katie sacrificed everything that a “normal Christian high school graduate” should seek. This is the story of a girl who had incredible guts. I cannot read it and not look at my life and wonder “where can I have guts like Katie?” I hope this book inspires you,...

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

Salad-sized tomatoes are my favorite, big enough to slice on a sandwich or serve in a salad while still small enough to munch off the vine or sun-dry. I do love a big beefsteak, but have to admit the wait to ripen does stir up some impatience and worry that after all the waiting, a critter may nibble on that big juicy thing, right on the vine or it may just crack in the heat. This year, I have several salad-sized tomatoes we started from seed in our church garden mid-February… Brad’s Atomic Grapes. We purchased these seeds from Baker Creek...

sharing stories

sharing stories

What is it to follow stories, young lives pilgriming through days? Not just short bits of stories, but the stories you follow, you revisit. Stories that bring hope and inspiration. The kind of stories that spark joy, bind you to life and connect you with others. My days are inspired by the sharing of stories and the connecting of people. As a community, we are called to build each other up. For three years, I commit to following “the stories of…” individuals who inspire me. My hope is that in the process, followers are left changed, inspired, excited, hopeful and deeply...

tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes

tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

making all things new, my every-summer read

making all things new, my every-summer read

Henri Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New, is one of my every-summer reads. I have several books on my shelf that call out to me again and again. This is one. I love everything about this little book, the cover, the title, the sub-title, the author and the beautiful invitation. I know, when I sit down with one of Nouwen’s books, I will need a quiet space, pencil, and journal. I cannot read his books without marking, commenting and pausing. This book, like many of others of mine, is marked, ear tagged and lovingly worn. The first sentences of this...

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