Pastor Appreciation

Being reminded yesterday that this is Pastor Appreciation Month took me on a trip down memory lane. As I look back on experiences at the churches my husband pastored, I remember the unique personality of each church and the ways in which they expressed appreciation for their pastor and family.

A church Hubby pastored in Missouri was my favorite. Maybe this is because I love roses. Pastor appreciation there was year-round. We received gifts, cards, and roses (for me) on many occasions including the Sunday closest to our birthdays, our wedding anniversary, the anniversary of the date we arrived at the church, and during Pastor Appreciation Month. Each year at the Christmas dinner we were honored, along with a home mission church pastor and family they had chosen. Interestingly, they recognized the births of grandchildren with cards congratulating us (like we did anything). During the nine years we were there we felt special and loved.

Remembering these churches also brought to mind the process of interviewing for positions and how that evolved over the years. When we were young, Hubby would interview alone. Sometimes a picture of the family would be requested at some point during the interview. (Too bad Photoshop did not exist then.) For the last interview he had, the church provided us both with airfare for the 750-mile trip. That evening, Hubby’s board interview was followed by an all-church reception. There were yummy treats (a good enticement to go there) and then a meeting was called and everyone had an opportunity to ask questions. What they were most interested in was our family. I knew then that they were my kind of people.

While we were living in Michigan, a minister’s wife on our district told at a retreat about the most stressful church board interview she and her husband endured. During the interview, an older gentleman asked her if she was in full support of her husband’s ministry. Of course, she was. Then he said, “It looks to me like you pluck your eyebrows. Do you?” Not easily intimidated, she looked straight into his eyes and responded, “Yes, I do and I shave my legs, too. Would you like to see?” They did not go to that church.

Now, back to appreciation. What pastors really appreciate is the warm smile, the word of encouragement, the acceptance, and the prayers.


A While Ago

Seems Just Yesterday


ClipArt Sources: Christianclipart; Polecreek; StFrancisMemphis


Beautiful Autumn Places

All over the United States, trees dress in their beautiful colors during autumn. I have been privileged to view the spectacular beauty of forests in Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, Indiana, the Missouri Ozarks, and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I never tire of the beauty.

During October drives on country roads to the town where I taught school in Michigan, it was difficult to keep my eyes on the road. The autumn colors there were breathtaking.

I wish I had more pictures of the beautiful places I have been, but I always knew the colors would return the next fall.

One special place I was privileged to visit when we lived in Indiana was Brown County. Striking autumn hues attracted thousands of tourists, as well as hundreds of artists and photographers, to the area.

Hubby, knowing of my love of all things Brown County, surprised me our last Christmas in Indiana with a beautiful 14” X 18” palette knife oil by artist, Judie Hurt. The date on the painting is 1972. The central image in the picture is the Brown County Bean Blossom covered bridge. This painting is a treasure, and one of the things I removed from our condo and located in a safe space when were evacuated during the Colorado Springs fire in 2012.

Bean Blossom Bridge
Oil by Judie Hurt


Sixty Years

Committed to Christ and to each other then.

Committed to Christ and to each other now.

Beautiful day then - beautiful times together for 60 years (and lots of fun).

Sunday School Class Party - Ferndale, MI

Lunch in Paris – 50th Anniversary Trip

Alaska Cruise - 55th Anniversary

Street Breakfast – Colorado Springs, CO

Trip to visit Sis

Celebrating at a grandchild’s wedding

On Lake Michigan Beach

A sampling of our days together.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Hubby, Elvin!