Monthly Archives: May 2010

Yippee!

Jorge is my new best friend. Isn’t this fun? Welcome again to the Casa Viva Greenhouse – new logo, new look. I’m so pleased. Hang in there – the new Casa Viva website should be going live very soon as well. … Continue reading

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Summer Gardens

Summer is beckoning us this year, can’t wait! Beginners must realize that in order to give delight to the Lord they are starting to cultivate a garden on very barren soil, full of abominable weeds. His majesty pulls up the … Continue reading

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Keeping it real…..

Happy weekend! Lest anyone should think this space is becoming too lofty, I’ll share my little story from yesterday. Well, I guess the story actually started on Wednesday afternoon. I put my contact lenses in after my afternoon siesta ( I highly … Continue reading

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Spiritual Seasons

Good morning! I looked at the title of yesterday’s post – Children Need Window Frames – and laughed out loud. I better be careful to not get too wacky in this writing, or no one will ever read it. It’s … Continue reading

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Children Need Window Frames

Living internationally has helped us in this regard. We tend to “frame” life around the guests who visit us here, the trips we take, the Christian year, the school year, the work year, etcetera. Nothing quite like an airline ticket … Continue reading

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The Art of Patience

Back in April, I wrote about some of the basic needs of children – sleep, food, light, air, water, and comfort. Add to that the six basic relationship needs – safety, space, nature, companionship, activity, affection – and you have … Continue reading

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Life of the Soul

Good morning! Welcome to a new week. Life in the church is dangerous. Much of the danger comes from becoming so cozily familiar with the way of faith that we feel set apart or above our early status of what … Continue reading

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Telling Secrets

No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping … Continue reading

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Tending the Garden

I had a fascinating conversation last night with one of our Casa Viva fathers – he was sharing with me his perspective on being a son, a father and now a grandfather. He has assumed those roles with passion, and … Continue reading

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Wide-Eyed

This is one of the gifts that children give us daily. Wide-eyed wonder. They see things that we don’t see, they notice what we often miss, they ask us interesting questions – “was I an angel in heaven before God … Continue reading

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