Announcing our first guest post written by Aldine Musser! Aldine attends Crossroads Mennonite Church in Timberville, VA along with her husband Jim. She comes from a background in education and church ministry, currently serving as a conference minister for part of the Northern District of Virginia Mennonite Conference. Thanks for sharing these insights with us, … Continue reading Guest Post: “Memory Stories”
Whenever the leaves start to change and the air gets a little cooler I start thinking about apples, sweaters, and quilts. Not just putting the quilts on beds to get us through the chilly nights (whoops, gotta take the fans out of the windows!), but all the gorgeous quilts I'll see at the Virginia Mennonite … Continue reading Rabbit Trail: Quilts and Woodwork
"Out of the dust: rescued objects"
Isn't the will or the biological drive to survive amazing?! Earlier this summer I was watching my volunteer sunflowers grow from little baby seedlings to gigantic stalks with dinner-plate-sized leaves. I got excited when I saw the flower heads start to form. Soon the gorgeous golden faces would open to the sun! Then something happened … Continue reading Flower Life
Ladies, don't forget to sign up for the Mennonite Women of Virginia fall retreat, coming up in October! Photo by Rosie Fraser on Unsplash The early registration deadline is this week: August 15. Get your registration forms (that salmon-colored paper you likely got at church) filled out and postmarked by then for a discount on … Continue reading Register for Women’s Retreat!
Yes, it is that time of year that I've heard (jokingly) is the only time Mennonites lock their cars at church. It's full-fledged zucchini season. Seemingly overnight, the tiny doll's-arm-sized vegetables swell into gargantuan human-arm-sized ones, and they replace themselves faster than an army of ants finding a sugar bowl in spring. This spring my … Continue reading Summer Cooking: Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
As a mom to four children age almost-eight and under I happen upon odd little scenes all the time. For instance, a set of old cat food containers arranged by the back door with little nests of grass neatly tucked into them. A scattering of animal teeth by the welcome mat. Or, I happen to … Continue reading Real Life Still Life: One