Intergenerational.

In the summer, I lead an intergenerational Sunday School class. Yesterday we had two families with toddler-elementary kids, three adults (one with developmental disabilities, and four high school students. It’s a little crazy and a lot fun. We play games, we use markers and have good conversation. One thing I am reminded of every year:…

Dad

  My dad, Paul Ludwig Steege, died at the age of 52 of a heart attack. Now that I am 53, I realize even more poignantly how very young he was. Some years I miss him more than others—and this is one of those years. Even though he’s been gone over 31 years, I think…

Family Time: Starry Night

(“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh) I ran across this great idea for some Family Time this Christmas by Jim Leibelt, an Editor and HomeWord. On a clear and starry night before Christmas, rally the troops for a little field trip. Find a safe, outdoor spot where you can clearly enjoy seeing the stars. Ask…

Chain of Blessings Kit (with Printables)

Looking for a simple, fun thing to do around your Thanksgiving table this week? First Trinity’s Administrative Assistant, Dona Trautwein and I came up with this fun idea. (First Trinity friends and members, we will have a kit for you with everything ready to go if you are present at the Thanksgiving worship service on…

Happy 79th Birthday, Mom!

Dear Mom, I cannot believe you would be 79 years old today. Mostly I can’t believe it because it still sounds pretty young and yet you’ve been away from us, in heaven, for almost fifteen years (how can that be?). I have been looking through pictures of you and thanking God for your life. I…

Pies.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu I have two brothers, Peter and Eric. Altogether we are only three years apart. We lived with the same parents, had the same rules, went on the same vacations, went to the same churches and schools,…

100 Things I’m Grateful for: 2009

I have done this for years, in my journal…write down a hundred things I’m grateful for on Thanksgiving Day. Goodness knows, I’m a HUGE fan of gratitude. I know why God says to practice it (it’s a practice, not a feeling), because it does my soul good. What you focus on grows. It’s not that…

Happy Birthday, Dad!

My dad would’ve turned 79 today. I would love to have coffee with him—or even better, watch a Vikings game. One fascinating thing I learned a couple years ago is that the dads of two very dear friends of mine (Bill Karpenko and Jack Giles) share this same birthday.  I am remembering them today, as…