Training

Training

We got a dog recently. Her name is Zoe. Her cuteness is helpful when I find myself up at 5:30am with her. Currently she is learning how to walk on a leash with me. This morning we were working on the concept of heel. There were a few moments of easy syncronization, her eyes directed towards mine as she trotted on my left hand side. The other 80% of the time was patiently waiting while she sniffed in various interesting…

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Making Space to Create

Making Space to Create

I have always known that it’s important to prioritize creativity if you actually want to produce something, be it music, a blog entry, art, or a meal. I am also aware that knowing and doing can be a hopeful illusion instead of a practiced reality. You’ve got to be intentional. To that end, my family made some space to create together. This first creative outing involved a short walk to the James Castle house for an open drawing session. (If…

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Spies Among Us

Spies Among Us

I heard you before I saw you I swivelled and craned my neck When I finally located you You were perched obviously Prominently for all of your beacon-like friends to hear High on a hillside You shared your secret song Alerting others to my presence You made me feel foreign in my own land The invader in your moment of kingship So you dispatched yourself Covering the distance that had taken me half and hour In a matter of minutes…

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A List for Lent

A List for Lent

This is a super quick annotated list of things that have blessed me during the season of Lent. I hope this gives you some ideas of things to try for the next 40 days. Biola University puts out both a Lent and Advent Project every year. The email gets sent to your inbox and every day, during that particular season in the church calendar, you receive a devotional thought coupled with some music and artwork. I love the combo of…

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The Roller Coaster of Family

The Roller Coaster of Family

I am procrastinating on the laundry that needs doing and choosing instead to write. Like most blogs, I am not always sure what needs to be said until it is out there. Today I am feeling compelled to get vulnerable and real about the past two days. As is often the case, when my family reunites for the weekend, in either Boise or Sun Valley, there are high expectations. Since the gang was coming to the mountains, I was psyched…

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Snow Day Kemp Update

Snow Day Kemp Update

There’s a line from the classic 80’s movie, The Princess Bride, that sticks with me as I consider how to begin this post. I’m sure you all could quote it with me. Inigo Montoya is trying to give Wesley a recap on what has happened while he was “mostly dead.” He says, “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up.” To that end, I want to try and sum up the last 6 months of changes going…

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Discipline and Risk

Discipline and Risk

It’s only January. Those of you, like me, who may have resolved to do something are still motivated and going strong. (Keep it up, whatever it is!) I am currently going through a book that I have had for a long time, probably a gift received during my college days. I have returned to it many times and it continues to prove fruitful in my life. This week’s theme is discipline which sounds like a hoot, right? Stay with me….

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Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

A quick advent thought this morning as I was reflecting on how God’s Word can intersect with life if we pay attention to it. Mark’s gospel begins with these words, “The good news of Jesus Christ – the Message! – begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth…

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Long Silence

Long Silence

For those who have been semi-regulars, I apologize for the lengthy silence over the summer and fall. I find that writing needs space and I confess, this has not been a season of much space at the moment. The Kemp family is in the midst of transitioning to our new place in Boise. Randy has been commuting back and forth on the weekends and I have been single-moming it since August. While this is not an ideal situation nor would…

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How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

     I had done a bit of wallowing in self pity the other night. I was folding laundry and feeling the despair of resignation, not the good kind. I was a bit angry at my kids for being angry at each other, angry at God for not appearing to answer my prayers, and angry at my own self in the midst of it all. I went to be early with tears in my eyes and felt hopeless in that…

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