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...

tomato confessions: intro

tomato confessions: intro

I must confess, this whole tomato thing has gotten a little out of hand. It all started fifteen years ago with a friend, an unusual tomato plant, some dirt and a pot. Fast forward to today, and I have….okay – I am embarrassed to actually reveal the number of tomato plants, with fear that I might just scare you all off.  So, let’s just say I have a whole lot of tomato plants, nestled throughout my yard, in garden beds, pots, wine barrels, grow containers, and empty dirt spaces. We started our tomato plants in February, by seed, in our...

summer puzzle

summer puzzle

When’s the last time you worked on a puzzle? Every summer, once the kids are out of school, and the cadence of the day adjusts to a new rhythm, we take down a puzzle that I have set aside and resisted the temptation to attempt during the busy days of spring that lead up to summer. I mindfully settle on a location that can handle the scattered pieces for a few months, sometimes a table in the corner of our family room, or sometimes the end of my dining room table. I like this space best because we gather here...

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