My New Love: NPR

Submitted by Bethany on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 08:27

January 8th, 2017

My new favorite thing is listening to NPR.  I can't remember why I started listening to it a couple months ago, but it is now my go to radio station.  In particular, I find Sunday mornings the most interesting.  On my way to work they are always interviewing someone intriguing, and by the time I get to work I have quotes that I want to jot down.  On my way home, a game show is playing, and more than once I have found myself sitting in the car in the driveway, answering questions and trying to beat the contestants. 

La La Land

Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 20:01

January 6th, 2017 

Today was one of those days that we had a million things to do.  But nothing that absolutely had to get done righthisminute.  So on a whim, we decided to drive to Des Moines to see two movies - Office Christmas Party (which we missed while it was in Fort Dodge), and La La Land (which we didn't think would make it here).  The schedule worked out so that we saw La La Land first, and by the time it was done, we didn't want to go to Office Christmas Party anymore.  We wanted to absorb and reflect on what we had seen. 

Mystery Makes Life Interesting

Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:43

January 5th, 2017 

I arrived at work today to find this card slipped under my door.   

Outside of the card

The card was written by one of my residents, in response to a birthday card I sent him earlier in the week.  He has the most beautiful and neat handwriting I think I've ever seen. 

Love/Hate Relationship

Submitted by Bethany on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 19:21

January 4th, 2017

    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my body for as long as I can remember.  I grew up heavily invested in a life of dance.  I ate/drank/slept/breathed dance from the age of 5 till the day I quit at 19.  

Wear A Dress Tuesday

Submitted by Bethany on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 20:12

January 3rd, 2017 

When I was in seminary many moons ago (graduated 2010), my friend Sarah Weaver invented a movement she called "Wear a Dress Tuesday".  I remember her saying something about Tuesday being the most neglected and forgotten about day of the week.  Everybody hates Monday.  Wednesday gets to be called hump day!  Thursday is practically the weekend then we all Thank God It's Friday.  But poor, lonely Tuesday gets ignored. 

Dream Job vs. Dream Life

Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 10:20

January 2, 2017

Currently, I am employed as a chaplain in a retirement community here in Fort Dodge, IA.  When I applied to this job in July 2015 I thought it was my dream job; and when I started it in September 2015, that turned out to be true.  It is an extreme privilege to serve in ministry where I do.  I get to use my greatest gifts for ministry on a daily basis, I am loved and appreciated by residents and staff, I feel purposeful and like I make a difference.  It truly is a dream job. 

In The Beginning...

Submitted by Bethany on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 20:45

January 1st, 2017

Ok so it's not the most creative title for a first blog post...but I'm a pastor so Bible humor always makes me chuckle.  If this counts as humor.  It definitely counts as a Bible reference, and it makes me laugh, so I'm gonna say it's totally Bible humor.