Hello?

You may be wondering if/when I’ll ever blog again… I’m wondering, too. ūüôā
Perhaps after family vacation. We’re going to Chincoteague with my husband’s family for a week– looking forward to seeing the ponies, enjoying some good ice cream and beach play.

Lately, our family has been very busy with our backyard pool project (we’re putting in an above-ground pool, but sinking it into the ground a bit, so it’s more like an inground pool). I’ve also started volunteering at our church two days a week, so that has changed my schedule.

Another fairly new development in my life is spiritual direction. I haven’t had a spiritual director for years, and I have found a wonderful sister at the St. Francis Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. She has been speaking encouraging and challenging words into my life and has pointed me toward some wonderful resources to use in meditation and prayer. My soul is feeling nourished in a way that is hasn’t been for quite a while. Ahhhh!

Here is one resource I’m currently using for prayer, if you’d like to check it out on Amazon: Psalms for Praying: an invitation to wholeness by Nan C. Merrill. I highly recommend it. She takes the Psalms and anywhere God is spoken of, she uses the word LOVE or BELOVED. It’s a good reminder for those of us who tend to live in our heads (yes, that’s us graduate students!!!!)… or for anyone yearning to know God’s Love more intimately.

See you after vacation!

Apologies

Just popping in to apologize for the sparseness on the blog lately. I am graduating with my MDiv from Biblical Seminary this Saturday, so I’m busy finishing up papers and projects and planning/shopping for my grad party.

God is good! I am so thankful for the priviledge of the last three years! I still have a few Tuesday night classes in May, which are in preparation for our seminary cohort trip to Italy (May 26-June 5, check out our cohort blog about the trip at pilgrimagetoitaly.blogspot.com). So Saturday is a symbolic end, not the tangible end… but I am really looking forward to it nonetheless.

Before I end this post, I have to say one other thing– I will miss my mother this weekend very much. I have a sense that she will share the experience with us, but…. to take some pictures with her, to share the moment with her, to hug her… that would be wonderful… and I’ll miss that.

Published Article

I am honored that the editor of Everyday Liturgy has accepted a short piece I wrote for their Spring Journal, focusing on women in theology.

Click on the link below to see the journal and read my piece, entitled “Our Differences and Our Theology.”

http://everydayliturgy.com/

25 Things

I have been tagged for this list more than three times in the past 2 weeks, so I suppose I should get to it.

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. I am hugely afraid of small, tight, dark places. Can’t imagine how I ever went spelunking in college, but I did.

2. My elbows and knees are double-jointed. I can, therefore, make some really odd shapes with my arms and legs.

3. Probably due to #2, I have dislocated both knees multiple times.

4. …and had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee when I was 14. The first time I dislocated that knee, a bone chip came off my kneecap and was floating around in my joint.

5. I threw up a lot after being under general anesthesia for that surgery. Ick.

6. I never threw up while pregnant. No morning sickness at all, not even nausea.

7. I never dreamed of being a mom when I was a little girl, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world now (most days, haha)!

8. I did dream of going to seminary someday. It’s been a great opportunity to fulfill that dream at Biblical!

9. I hate shopping- food, clothing, stuff for the house- seriously, I only do it because I have to.

10. I have more guy friends than girl friends.

11. I wanted to marry MacGyver when I was a young.

12. I used to take calculators and other toys apart when I was a kid, and it drove my mom NUTS.

13. There was a point in my life when I was closer to my dad than my mom.

14. I have a freckle in the palm of my left hand, which we all called “my treasure” when I was a kid.

15. I also have birth marks on my left leg and the bottom of my left foot. I have always wondered why my left side was “cursed.”

16. I hated, hated, hated the fact that I had a boy’s haircut growing up… but now, having a girl with long-ish hair, I understand why mom kept my hair short.

17. I was actually pretty good at basketball in 6th grade. A kid who was my arch enemy throughout elementary and junior high school actually called me the rebound queen.

18. I lost all athletic ability after 6th grade… really….

19. I think I am partially addicted to coffee because it’s a connection I still have with my mom, who was also a total coffee junkie.

20. I have never doubted God’s existence, but I have doubted his character.

21. I believe in tackling problems head-on. Mom used to call me her bull dog.

22. Once in a while, when I think about calling my Dad, I forget that mom is gone and think how good it will be to hear her voice on the phone.

23. And then I remember she’s gone and there is an ache in the pit of my stomach… even after more than four years.

24. I learned a lot of my philosophy from Star Trek: the Next Generation, but only realized this when I took a philosophy class in college.

25. My family teases me because of my sensitivity to justice issues. The running joke, when I go off about something I believe isn’t right is this: “Ah, Kris Anne’s just cause number 83, 294.” (or some other random number)

Honestly, most of my friends (in the blogosphere and on facebook) have done this list already, so I really don’t know who else to tag!

Change in Design

Greetings! This is still Kris Anne’s blog, I promise. I liked the color of my original design, but I wasn’t crazy about the overall format. So I surfed around tonight and I think I found one I like… it’s feminine, it has a nature kind of thing going on, and it “fits” better on the screen. I miss the deep red color, but I enjoy the colors of this design, too.¬† I hope you like it– or that it does not annoy you, at the very least. ūüôā

Why I’m driven to wonder

Welcome to my blog!  Hopefully, very soon there will be some interesting things to ponder on here- things that will make you dream, question and stand in awe of the mysteries of life and faith.

I have wondered about many things in my life- relationships, vocation, faith,¬†personality characteristics, sociology, racism and abuses of power,¬†ministry, church structures, authority and leadership, parenting, suffering, loss and death…¬†Our existence is complex, and¬†the longer I live, the less inclined I am to draw lines in the sand or believe I have a handle on the Truth.¬† ¬†I have come to believe that my wondering is what leads to my growth.¬† It is through¬†grappling with things head-on that I find God’s truth in the world and in my life.¬† And often, I¬†cannot help but stand in¬†awe of God’s Love. ¬†When I¬†fail to¬†question and search and struggle, I am not alive in Christ; his love seems intangible.

It is my hope that if you find your way here and read my little ramblings about life and faith, you will also begin to wonder.¬†As you wonder,¬†perhaps you will discover more about yourself and fall more deeply in love with God.¬† Please comment, encourage, challenge, disagree… I welcome good conversation and diversity.¬† Thank you for finding me here.