Secret Missions and Love ADVENTures

Our past two ADVENTures have had to do a great deal with love. We left a little secret something for someone who we love - who shares her time and talents with others and (usually) has a good sense of humor about it. And then we endeavored to let someone in our lives know how much we love them and why - by telling them through conversation, letter, or other means of communication.

In thinking about with whom I would have this conversation, it brought to light all the people in my life whom I love and who love me. Honestly, I was having a day during which I was feeling unloved, and not loving myself a whole bunch either. Actually, not loving myself at all. 

I had really messed up our finances. It was my fault. I forgot to deduct things that needed to be deducted. I recorded a deposit wrong. I forgot to postpone a monthly shipment. I assumed money was in our account that wasn't. I discovered all this toward the end of a day following a nearly sleepless night. A day in which I went fro…

ADVENTure Is For The Birds - Smile and Laugh

It was the perfect day to think about our feathered friends.

Failing to have planned ahead, I called my husband and managed to catch him right before he was heading to the check-out at the store. My request for bird food seemed a bit odd to him, but he understood at the mention of the Advent calendar. He and two children were out before the predicted snowfall, getting some Pokemon Go playing in and running a quick errand. I, on the other hand, was under a pile of blankets, trying to get things done while completely exhausted from an overly busy week. The snow began to fall as they walked through the door. What a wonderful day to offer some food to our neighborhood birds.

Smiling at strangers wasn't so difficult a task to accomplish, as we do this on a regular basis anyway. Our smiling at strangers skills are honed each time we join the Camp Calumet community. There, people regularly smile at each other in passing, and often say hi as well. Perhaps that's why it's one of the …


I can't put into words the impact this play has had on the fourteen actors who wrote and performed it, the director and crew, and those who attended. By the end of the play, audience and actors alike were in tears. Passengers started out with a simple premise and a seemingly just as simple assignment for the actors: You board a subway train with a bunch of other people, you get stranded underground and the doors won't open - what do you do? Design your own character and figure out how they interact with others on the train. 

The actors created their characters: who they were, what they did for a living, what they looked like, their backstory, their opinions, and how they would react to the situation and to what other passengers did. They began this journey September 23rd. 

On September 23rd, there were three mass shootings - shootings in which four or more are injured or killed in one location, not including the shooter - that day in the United States. One of them too close to h…

ADVENTure in Hugging

One of the best gifts I've ever received was this card stock hug. It came in and envelope with a beautiful note just when I needed it most. People seem wary of giving hugs these days. I was talking to a teacher who was shocked that a couple places I frequent are full of hug-giving in, adults are not afraid to give a child a hug. At church it isn't uncommon for people of any age to greet each other with a hug, or for hugs to follow blessings during our closing circle at Tuesday Night Sunday School. I have had a teenager ask his parent to pull into the parking lot of Epoch Arts because he saw my van and wanted a hug. Hugs are a natural part of interaction there, as they should be. 

Many, many hugs are going to be needed tonight. By the time the actors get to this point in their play, Passengers, half are in tears. There is no curtain call. These fourteen teens aren't the heroes of this story. 

Give hugs today. Lots of them. You'll be surprised at how many peopl…

Expectations ADVENTure

It seems that we live in a culture in which people expect to be recognized for every little thing they do and don't think of doing little things for others as they move through their days. As a mother, I can attest to the fact that I do not get thanked for cleaning up after other people - and I don't expect to. I'm happy to pick up things here and there, wash and extra dish or three, or fold some laundry. (I actually LOVE folding laundry - just don't tell my children!) 
But ... but what if everyone acted in kindness each day? What if, instead of stepping over someone else's mess, you took a tiny bit of time out of your life to clean it up? What if, when you used a bowl or mug, you washed it - and a couple other things lingering in the sink? And what if you did these things without seeking recognition or thanks, but because it's the kind thing to do? Would the world come to an end - or end up a better place? Perhaps you would appreciate those around you who do th…

Saint Nicholas ADVENTures

We celebrate St. Nicholas Day in our family. This year, our St. Nicholas celebration at Tuesday Night Sunday School was the day before St. Nicholas Day. Four of us had rehearsal for Passengers, so could not attend, but that didn't stop a few elves from doing a little of St. Nick's work beforehand. The part of St. Nicholas is usually played by yours truly, but since I was at rehearsal, a certain nine-year-old volunteered for the position. She had a wonderful time. 
And, as it happens in my life, between bringing two children to the eye doctor in the morning and three children to rehearsal in the evening, and battling a migraine before, during, and after all of the above, we didn't get to the Advent calendar due to my misery. This worked out ok, as day five worked for day six, which was actually St. Nicholas Day. 
And as for a happy memory and photo...

To my two best friends (Alex and Renee)...
We have shared many amazing memories through the past twenty-how-can-it-be-that-many …

Christmas CARds and Candy Canes ADVENTures

Sunday's ADVENTure was perfectly timed for going to worship this morning. We chose cards with a Christmas (religious) theme, signed them quite anonymously, and brought them to church with us. Alia had a wonderful time choosing cars on which to leave our cards. 

Today's ADVENTure was not quite as well timed. I'd already done a bunch of grocery shopping before we opened our Advent calendar. So instead, we brought candy canes with us to where we were going, attached little notes to them, and put them on cars instead. 

With all I'm dealing with with my health and other life situations, doing these little acts of kindness really brings the Christmas spirit to my days.