Un-churching Update

Un-churching Update

It’s been about six weeks now since we left our local church and began meeting at home. You would think that we would be having a lot of adjustment issues to the sudden change in things we’ve done every week for more than 40 years. But the truth is exactly the opposite. We couldn’t be(…)

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  1. Vicki: I agree with 99.9% of this--you know I do! However, we have given mega-churches a bad name (I believe in…

    • Rose Bowen: You are right about the larger churches having more room to accommodate the unhealthy members. When you're a small church,…

New Adventures

New Adventures

In keeping with the theme I started some time ago about ripples in our lives, I thought I would share the latest “wave.”  We have begun what some call “simple church” which really means church in our home.  After 40+ years of leadership in a traditional church setting, we are testing the waters with a(…)

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  1. Laurie Steen Killingsworth on Facebook: This is sooo awesome! LOVE IT!!

Spammers…again

Spammers…again

From the I Needed A Laugh department. This afternoon I got a spam e-mail that looked very official, from “Chamberlain College of Nursing” that spelled the college name as Chamerblain in the “from” line. Yeah, that’s the kind of educational institution I want to work with… If they can’t teach English, spelling, or accuracy, would(…)

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Singlehandedly

Singlehandedly

Three weeks ago I rolled my Ford Explorer not far from home. Thankfully we were all wearing seat belts and nobody was seriously injured. Four of us walked away from the wreckage bruised and sore, but alive. We are grateful to guardian angels and seat belts. My biggest injury was a wrist fracture. At the(…)

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  1. Tim Stahle on Facebook: glad you are all ok

  2. Rose Shelor Bowen on Facebook: One of the best effects of this whole ordeal has been a fantastic chiropractor who's straightened out stuff that was…

  3. Ed Hills on Facebook: Thank God you're ok

  4. Rose Shelor Bowen on Facebook: Wow, thanks, Ed! I have learned that the Ford Explorer seems to be the most likely SUV to rollover, and…

  5. Ed Hills on Facebook: They are real similar to the ford escape which I almost rolled . It was a work vehicle. Scary.

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Don’t give up

Don’t give up

Yesterday was our anniversary. Thirty-eight years of marriage. Seems impossible that it’s been so many years, but the calendar doesn’t lie (and neither does the mirror!). By the standards of my generation, we are a mystery, an anomaly. Some would say we’re the “lucky ones” but we know luck had nothing to do with it.

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  1. Tim Stahle on Facebook: how old were you 16?

    • Rose Bowen: ROFL....you are so funny, Tim! I believe you and I are the same age, aren't we?

  2. Anna Domingo James on Facebook: Yes Rose, that says it all. Congratulations! It is 48 yrs. for us & I consider it a gift from…

  3. Amy Kelly Ostrander on Facebook: congratulations Rose! thank you for sharing your writing :)

  4. Susan West: Love you Rose, congratulations!

  5. Laurie Steen Killingsworth on Facebook: Happy anniversary, wonderful friends!!

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Watching my junk mail change

Watching my junk mail change

I guess our credit rating must be rising, judging from all the credit card acceptance pitches we are getting every week. It keeps our shredder busy, but the chickens like using the shredded paper for their bedding. I haven’t actually checked our rating, I just assume since banks want me to take their credit cards(…)

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  1. Susan Cavallo Saunders on Facebook: Great read. You guys are awesome!

  2. Susan Cavallo Saunders on Facebook: Oh and ps, so is God! :)

  3. Laurie Steen Killingsworth on Facebook: LOVE not getting junk mail in Ireland! In fact, we only get a letter through the door once or twice…

Do we dare to hope it’s spring?

Do we dare to hope it’s spring?

Oh, the joys of sunshine and warm temperatures! After all these dreary, overcast and downright COLD months, to have bright sunlight is such a treat! Some of us thought spring would never get here, and we’d be subjected to endless newscasts about mass burials of robins and spring peepers who froze in the freak snowstorms(…)

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Lyme marches on…

Lyme marches on…

I’ve been trying some new therapies in my battle with lyme disease, as well as digging into some research published online. I am so eager to feel “normal” again, to have my mobility back. To be able to climb the stairs without struggling. I can live with the tendonitis pain, but it’s the muscle issues(…)

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Ripples: My Approach to Life

Ripples: My Approach to Life

I’ve become accustomed over the years to being at odds with life. It’s not something that happened to me all at once, but rather gradually as I was introduced to new ways of thinking. Each wave of “new thinking” was explored and considered, and led me to another wave. All the waves were related to(…)

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Blurring the lines

Blurring the lines

I don’t read as much as I used to. Growing up, I was a bookworm. I read encyclopedias for fun! I was always reading, and the ladies at the public library knew me by name. My mother used to give me grief for always having my nose in a book. But I can’t tell you(…)

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  1. Karen Poe: I know what you mean! When it comes to reading the fine print on medication bottles, I give up! The…

    • Rose Bowen: Thanks, Karen! And think of how important the words on the medication bottles might be to us! I have noticed…

  2. Susan Beachley West: I also love to read. Books are harder to read for me to read also so I've adjusted. I read…

    • Susan Beachley West: ...and proof reading is something I need to work on................ugh!

      • Rose Bowen: LOL. I think our fingers fly before the brain can catch up!

    • Rose Bowen: YES! It's one arena where computers are so handy. I can make the font as large and as dark as…

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