Our Family Reunion

Our Family Reunion

VIEW VIDEO My family on my Dad’s side were coal miners from southern Illinois, to the chagrin of my paternal grandmother who wanted everyone to think she was from England and personal friends with the Queen. She and my grandfather had lived in London for about ten...
Our Family Reunion

Habits of Wholeness (8)

VIEW VIDEO Several years ago, Chris and Anne Gautier were at the farmhouse with Joan and me. It was in the summertime and we were sitting outside watching the birds, which were just thick down there. As we were watching, an iridescent blue bird landed on a feeder and...
Our Family Reunion

Habits of Wholeness (7)

VIEW VIDEO I came across a video clip of our granddaughter Madeline this week, taken when she was first learning to talk and had a functioning vocabulary of a dozen or so words—mommy, daddy, Hank (their dog), Nanna, Poppa, kitty, puppy, play. Simple, basic words that...
Our Family Reunion

Habits of Wholeness (6)

VIEW VIDEO I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately, five years past her death. After she passed, my thoughts were weighed with grief, but after five years the grief has been replaced with gratitude for the gifts she gave our family, among them a sense of humor,...
Our Family Reunion

Habits of Wholeness (5)

VIEW VIDEO When I applied for seminary, I had to undergo psychological testing to discern my mental fitness for ministry. This was in 1988, when Chris Gautier’s grandmother, Dr. Sue Cardwell, did the psychological evaluations for Christian Theological Seminary. She is...
Our Family Reunion

Habits of Wholeness (4)

VIEW VIDEO I drove down to our farmhouse this past Tuesday to mow, a trip now reminiscent of the Shackleton Antarctic expedition, except I wasn’t trapped by the ice a hundred miles short of the South Pole, but was stuck in Martinsville in the I-69 detour without food...