Easter: Beauty from Ashes

by Gwen Lantz Recently I finished reading a book that had me crying buckets. It was a self-indulgent read, but it was also just what I needed. The past six years have held a lot of sorrow, unexpected transition, and new beginnings. As is frequently the case, the sorrow and endings have given way to … Continue reading Easter: Beauty from Ashes

Flower Life

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

Summer Cooking: Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

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