Courtney Ball

Category - Family

The Miracle of Merging

Next week, Emmy and I will have been married fourteen years. I have now known Emmy for more of my life than I have not known her. Or, to put it another way, I’ve been with Emmy for the better part of my life. As we approach our fourteenth wedding anniversary, I think again about Genesis 2:24, where it says, “Therefore shall a man leave his...

Our New Dance Partner

Our new dog Ranger dances with the girls. Last week we welcomed a new dog into our family. His name is Ranger, and he has quickly worked his way into our hearts. A definition of ranger according to Dictionary.com is “one who ranges or roams”. That fits, especially if we try to leave him in the yard while we’re gone. We learned quickly that...

Are My Kids Too Tame?

This morning my daughters chose to read a book together for fun! My father grew up in a house full of kids. He had four brothers and one sister, as well as several foster kids his parents took in for varying lengths of time. His dad was a United Methodist preacher. Methodist ministers are itinerant. This meant that every few years, the Bishop of...

Sunday Lunch at the Knouse House

These are stories about my great grandpa and grandma Knouse. My dad shared these with me when I visited with him last week. Wallace Hines was not a well-educated man. Most of his book learning came from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which he read religiously and memorized sections of. He ran a strict house, and by the time his daughter Daisy became...

Chasing Chickens

Photo courtesy of Hannah White: friend, photographer, and owner of chickens When I was a boy, I loved to visit my grandparents’ house. At my mom’s parents’, I would play outside, pick fruit off the trees, or work on projects in Grandpa’s shop. At my dad’s parents’ house, I would explore the barn, play in nearby fields, and visit with...

Crazy Dead Dog and Other Good Stories

Mosey’s “crazy dead dog” move. The Ball family is not a stoic people. When a loved one dies, there are plenty of tears. But there is usually quite a bit of laughter mixed in too. Funerals tend to be big affairs with lots of food, time for play, and story-telling. After Moses died last night, there was no large gathering or celebration of...

Saying Goodbye to Moses

Next Monday evening my family will say goodbye to our dog, Moses. It’s a strange and troubling responsibility to decide when the life of your pet will end. This is the first time I have ever had to do it. And even though I know it’s right, it’s hard. Over the years, most of my neighbors have seen me walking Moses regularly, and have also...

Further Reflections on Church and Worship

Last week, I wrote a piece in which I shared my views on faith, the Bible, church, Jesus, and community. It generated more web traffic and discussion (online and in person) than anything else I’ve written so far. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth doing before you continue with this post. Some of the best conversation I had related to...