The Jesus Storybook Bible Survey

Posted by tom | Jan 12, 2010

In case you haven't already heard. ...

"Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, is interested in talking to people who have used The Jesus Storybook Bible. Please complete this very short questionnaire to indicate your interest in participating in a one-hour phone and web-based focus group about The Jesus Storybook Bible. Participants will receive an honorarium. We have a limited number of spots available for the focus group so please reply by Thursday, January 14 if you would like to be considered for participation. We look forward to hearing from you." -- Survey.

Note: The focus is on parents of kids from 7-12 years old. I'll be participating. Can't wait to share our family's appreciation for The Jesus Storybook Bible and how its resources might be developed/shared even more :-)

PS.  I have several posts which touch upon or focus upon The Jesus Storybook Bible:

Theresa Update 01/08/2010

Posted by tom | Jan 8, 2010

Theresa's feeling much better.  Her neck is still a little stiff, but better each day.  The prayers and gifts of food/childcare provided by many have been a great blessing and expression of the people of God in shared life/ministry.  What a blessing and testimony to our family, friends, and acquaintances.  To God be the glory! 

Continue to pray for full healing.  On Monday, Tom will begin picking up ministry responsibilities beyond limited emailing, posting, and teleconferencing.  If you've been wondering whether or not to contact him, feel the green light to do such on Monday.

14 years of bliss

Posted by tom | Jan 6, 2010

A brother in Christ shared The Wexford Carol (Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss) as an encouragement and expression of his thankfulness for our relationship.  I pass it along to my beautiful wife Theresa on our 14th Anniversary. 

Let it snow like it did in 1996 so we can be snowed in to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.  Note:  I like the light covering for this year, let's go for being snowed in next year when we take time away to celebrate our 15th Anniversary ;-)


Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. -- I Chronicles 16:11

Theresa's Surgery Update

Posted by theresa | Jan 5, 2010

Thomas has been faithfully posting updates on my progress but here's the whole story in one place, straight from the "horse's mouth."

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law, Amanda, discovered a lump on my neck while practicing a health assessment for her nursing class.  That sent me to the doctor the next day where I had blood work done to check my thyroid function and an ultrasound on the thyroid the next day.  The bloodwork came back normal but the ultrasound showed a significant sized lump on the right side of the thyroid.  I met with a surgeon a few days later and after he presented the options to me I felt most comfortable deciding to have surgery to remove the lump.  Which is what he did yesterday (1/4).  The pathologist in the Operating Room examined the tissue and declared it benign which also meant that I was able to keep the entire left half of my thyroid.  I'll have blood work done in a few weeks to check thyroid function but the surgeon feels pretty confident that I won't need medication.

I'm feeling pretty good, one day post-op.  It's certainly an easier surgery/recovery than a c-section.  I have some swelling which makes swallowing painful and I'm moving slowly.  I didn't sleep well in the hospital so I've been trying to catch up on sleep since I arrived home today.  The kids seem to be doing very well.  They came to visit me in the hospital Monday night and Eden was quite unsure about entering my room.  She stayed in the hallway with daddy until she was confident enough to venture into my room to play with the buttons on my bed.  My mom took off work yesterday and today to watch Eden and Lily and others are helping us out the rest of the week.  Tom has been mom, dad, and nurse and will surely need a break too soon :)  But he's been great.

Thanks for all the prayers and offers to help.  We've been well-cared for and are much relieved to have a good report.  Praise God!

Theresa's Released and Resting

Posted by tom | Jan 5, 2010

Theresa is home.  And she is not only feeling quite good, but also looking quite good.  How much can one ask for?  Praise God! 

The girls are going to be so excited when they see her.  Thank-you to all the extended family and friends who are helping our family stay up and running through prayer, time, gifts, meals, encouragment, watching/transporting the girls, and more.  You are a great blessing and witness to the reality of the love of God.

Theresa returns to see the physician in 3 - 4 weeks.

Continue to pray for healing

Posted by tom | Jan 5, 2010

By God's grace and the gifts of the people of God, our house is in order and ready to run through this week as Theresa recovers (Note: we're starting to give attention to next week). 

Lord willing, I'll pick up Theresa from the hospital without complications late morning/early afternoon. She looked really good when the whole family visited last night & the kids played w/the bed controls. Pray for Theresa's continued rest/refreshment/rejuvenation/healing at home.

Praise: Theresa's in Recovery

Posted by tom | Jan 4, 2010

I'm back in the room w/Theresa. She's doing well and resting a lot after the thyroid surgery. 

The lump on/in the right side of the thyroid was not cancerous, as such she was able to retain part of the thyroid and may not require supplements/medications.  Praise God for the able hands of those who are caring for her, the favorable pathology report, the gift of recovery, family/friends who are providing for a number of basic needs.  Pray for Theresa to receive her much needed rest/refreshment during her stay.

    -- Posted in Theresa's room w/free WiFi Access (a beautiful tool to communicate updates which cost $ when I was stuck in airports a little over a week ago). What a joy to wait upon the Father w/the Word, Spirit & the people of God in a quiet place with my beautiful wife.  Time to turn back to giving Theresa, my beautiful wife of 14 years (1/6/1996), my full attention.

Doppleganger Chronicles

Posted by tom | Dec 15, 2009

In Waiting for Jesus to Show Up, I mention the encouragement I received from G.P. Taylor's Shadowmancer (Note: CT Author interview).  More later. ...  For today, let me add that Hayley loves Taylor's Doppleganger Chronicles. Yes, here's one case of a reluctant reader spurred on by illustra-novella (i.e., mixture of prose, comic sequentials, and graphic illustrations). I'm hoping to check out the 2nd volume shortly, but that requires a run to Quarryville (i.e., the only Lancaster County library w/this September 2009 release in stock).  I think it's worth it for both of us, as we read a fair amount of it together and well-written children's books deal with major life themes in such a helpful manner ;-) 

In the mean time, Hayley's reading the 1st volume again. Amazing!  Anyone else reading the Doppleganger Chronicles?  More of my thoughts on the author, his books, and their impact in our household coming. ...

Intergenerational worship and the messy realities of crying babies ...

Posted by tom | Dec 12, 2009

Check out ESN's Week in Review: Last Minute Shopping Edition.

As we journey through Advent, I particularly appreciated Mike's inclusion of the link to the WSJ Opinion piece Seen and Not Heard in Church. If the topic of the realities/value of intergeneration worship is of interest to you, as it is for our family, be sure to read the article and skim the comments.  Some of our thoughts coming. ...


Posted by tom | Dec 11, 2009

Hoping to get out of the house to see a great sports film which has much more to say about the inner journey of leaders who are willing to take risks in a larger context.  Yes, I have high expectations of Morgan Freeman in this story of reconciliation and self determination directed by none other than Clint Eastwood.* 

In addition to a critique of being master of one's fate and captain of one's soul, I'm also very interested in the reviews, history/testimonials, and the feedback, e.g., NY Times Review (A. O. Scott, Final Score: Future 1, Past 0, December 11, 2009). 

*I must confess that based upon the footage and some of the feedback on the NY Times Review, I have lower expectations of Matt Damon. 

Navigating Facebook

Posted by tom | Dec 2, 2009

So what happens to all that you share with (and on) Facebook? I recently came across 5 Ways to Stay Safe and Private on Facebook, a summary of the excellent NY Times article, 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook, and was inspired to spend some time upgrading my account while watching The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Brad Pitt as Jesse James
'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' (2007).
Brad Pitt as Jesse James
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Advent musing:  As we enter the happy holiday season, what friends and family do you trust and how much?  Take a moment to consider how you express the love and the good news which was given for (but not understood or accepted by) many created in the very image of the One bearing Life.  How can Facebook be an avenue (at times a first step) to give testimony to the Light instead of an avenue to encourage the darkness?   

Advent/Christmas Resource: Advent Calendar

Posted by tom | Dec 1, 2009

Yesterday, we brought the Advent/Christmas materials down from the attic. How great it was for the girls to have off school, due to deer hunting season, enabling them to have a morning peeking into the manger set (Eden said, "Thank-you so much mommy!"), opening children's books, and joyfully decorating the house. 

So Advent readings on Sunday, decorations on Monday, Advent Calendar on Tuesday.  Hope you didn't start you 24 day Christmas Countdown 2 days early ;-)  If so, it's really no big deal, just add another box or two ... BTW, I've seen sites to make your own on-line.  Anyone use an on-line Advent calendar or a computer program w/graphics?  If so, please forward me info/links.  I'm interested in learning more about these possibilities.

Personally, how am I dealing with all the hustle and bustle?  I found a quiet place for Following the Star before digging into some serious office work. Still resting in and meditating upon yesterday's text:

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. -- 1 Kings 19:11-12

Advent/Christmas Resource: He's Here - Jesus Storybook Bible

Posted by tom | Nov 30, 2009

May you find this telling of the story a blessing to be shared among family, friends, members of your local congregation, neighbors.  As I've mentioned in early posts (e.g., Come quickly, Jesus!) our whole family has been blessed by the The Jesus Storybook Bible.  We'll be reading it several more times in the coming years as the children grow.

Scott & Andrea's Wedding Photos

Posted by tom | Nov 18, 2009

Lots to share from our time in Austin, TX, for Scott & Andrea's wedding.  For those who have been waiting for some Wedding pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites (click on them to see them in larger form).  More pictures coming, along with some stories/reflections.

Grosh family at Scott & Andrea's Wedding The flower girl (i.e., Eden) makes a break during wedding party photos. Ellen & Eden enjoy the music at Scott & Andrea's wedding reception. Scott & Andrea leave the reception in a shower of bubbles.

Today: Scott & Andrea's wedding

Posted by tom | Nov 14, 2009

Later today we'll celebrate Scott (Theresa's brother) & Andrea's wedding.   

Pray for

  1. Eden to be ready to go down the aisle as flower girl :-)
  2. Strength, energy, and joy to be evidenced by our whole family throughout the celebration with Scott & Andrea's wedding.
  3. God's blessing, leading, and direction to be upon Scott & Andrea's marriage.
  4. Enough sleep/rest tonight in order for us to get-up, pack, and fly out tomorrow. Particularly pray for Eden and Lily to sleep through the evening.

We've arrived in Austin, TX

Posted by tom | Nov 12, 2009

What a trip!  The 10-4 adult to kid ratio worked out well with the rush through the terminal, the long flight, lunch at Subway, and the waiting in the hotel.  Lily even took a brief nap w/Theresa ;-)  We're soon heading out to dinner with Scott and Andrea.  Below's some pictures from the trip.

 Rainy and chilly as we left from BWI for Scott and Andrea's wedding in sunny and warm Austin, TX. Lily enjoys her seat on Southwest.  Kids enjoy Southwest in the air  We're in Austin for Scott & Andrea's Wedding.  Yeah!

Leaving on a jet plane ...

Posted by tom | Nov 12, 2009

Later this morning our whole family will be flying out of Baltimore, with a number of Theresa's relatives, to celebrate Scott (Theresa's brother) & Andrea's wedding in Austin, TX. 

Pray for

  1. Safe travel and low turbulence with/among the kids (Note: return flight on Sunday).
  2. A time of true celebration as we hang out with Scott & Andrea.
  3. God's blessing, leading, and direction to be upon Scott & Andrea's marriage.
  4. Strength and energy for the whole family as we dive back into family, school, ministry on Monday morning.

Sesame Street Special Report - Cookiegate

Posted by tom | Nov 10, 2009

Tonight on the News Hour with Lehrer, there was a summary/conversation of the presence/value of Sesame Street. I do not recall the below interaction between MacNeil and Kermit/Cookie Monster (after my youth), but no doubt an example of how Sesame Street interacts with kids and parents as more is taught than the basics ;-) Tomorrow morning, check out the Emerging Scholars Network blog for a piece on Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary.

[Note: will Polish subtitling]

Johnny Appleseed Part II

Posted by tom | Nov 8, 2009

Building upon The Lord is good to me. ..., Eden and I watched and discussed Johnny Appleseed Part II. I figured we had covered enough of Johnny Appleseed Part I with The Lord is good to me. ..., but maybe that film should roll "with some qualification."  


The Lord is good to me. ...

Posted by tom | Nov 3, 2009

This morning, Eden and I prayed several prayers from A Child's First Book of Prayers (By Lois Rock, illustrated by Alison Jay, Augsburg Books, 2002).  This prayer attributed to John Chapman, American pioneer, developer of nurseries, & Swedenborgian evangelist/missionary brings back memories of a favorite picture book and the below Disney clip.  No doubt, the stories of Johnny Appleseed inspired me as a child to give praise to God for the creation, seek to care for the creation in a way which will bless my neighbor, and to love my neighbor.  If you would have asked me at the time, I would have told you that he was Presbyterian just like me. ...

The Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need,
The sun, the rain, the appleseed, 
The Lord is good to me.

PS.  Interested in more music/video on Johnny Appleseed?  Then check out the Swedenborgian an on-line congregation. Comments on the broad teachings of the Swedenborgian Community delivered in a narrow context will have to wait for another day, but if you'd like to get a head start visit this post by the Swedenborgian an on-line congregation. Note: I had some contact with members of their community when I lived in Pittsburgh.

Prayer Request for the family

Posted by tom | Oct 30, 2009

Pray for complete healing/recovery for Hayley.  She came home from school Wednesday afternoon with a low fever and dry cough.  Her fever continued to rise on Thursday, but it's better today.  Other than that there's nothing out of the ordinary, i.e. nothing that warrants a doctor visit yet.  Hayley's largely been in her room and we're washing/sanitizing hands like crazy!  No other cases at present -- praise God!  Pray for Theresa and I to maintain patience and self-control, we're very tired due to Eden and Lily not sleeping well.  Pray for Lily to go back to sleep this afternoon and for Eden to give a nap at least a try.

Invitation: IVCF/Groshes 2010 prayer team

Posted by tom | Oct 23, 2009

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. -- Psalm 130:5-6, NIV

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

God has richly blessed our family's transition to Central PA. In recent months it has become more and more apparent the importance of having a team of people in regular prayer for us as we face complex familial and ministry decisions. I'm inviting you to officially join our 2010 prayer team.

Three options exist, please email us to let us know if you are open to making such a commitment.

  • Regularly pray for our work, i.e., at least 1 x week.
  • Distribute our monthly prayer calendar and encourage others to pray for us in the local congregation, small group, prayer gathering, etc with which you are connected.
  • For those close to us geographically, we are looking a 4-6 person prayer team which meets 2 x a month. If you are interested, let us know if you would be available Tuesdays, 10 - 10:30 am, or Thursdays, 9:15 - 9:45 am. If you are desire to be part of a regular local prayer team, but are unable to make one of these times please let us know and we'll try to accommodate your schedule.

Theresa and I appreciate your support and care for our family and ministry. If you desire to become involved, please email us (groshes at by Monday, November 16. Thank-you.

Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom Grosh
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Trip to Pittsburgh, 10/16-18/2009

Posted by theresa | Oct 19, 2009

The twins and I [Theresa] had a great trip to Pgh to visit friends this weekend. I picked them up after school and we headed out. It was rainy and raw but only a few snowflakes mixed with the rain near Breezewood. We stayed with Mike and Shayna and let me tell you, it was hard to imagine when the twins were little that they would one day be my "easy kids." But they were so much fun to travel with. On Sat. we went to the Heinz History Center and had a great time there. I highly recommend it if you are visiting Pgh. This was our third time there but some of the exhibits change so there was plenty to see. And do -- it's a great museum for kids with lots of interactive exhibits. From there we went north to meet friends (Heather and Tami and their kids) at Wildwood Highlands in North Park. It was great to catch up with them. When we got back to the Bowling's house Toby and Chloe were there and we played a few games, all of which I came in miserably last. It's a good things I'm not a particularly competitive person :) This morning we left just before 9am so that we could be home in time to meet our friends Josh and Lydia who were stopping in at our house for a quick visit on their way BACK to Pittsburgh! We had the chicken corn noodle soup that I had prepared on Friday before I left and Tom heated up in the crock pot while at church this morning. Boy, life takes a lot of organization! So, a great time was had by all -- here and abroad. [Note:  Originally posted on Facebook, October 18, 5:13pm].

Come quickly, Jesus!

Posted by tom | Oct 17, 2009

Even though Theresa and the twins are away ... Eden, Lily, and I wrapped up The Jesus Storybook Bible over dinner last night.  What an "end!"

John came to the end of his book [Revelation].  But he didn't write "The End."  Because, of course, that's how stories finish.  (And this one's not over yet.)

So instead, he wrote:  "Come quickly, Jesus!"

Which, perhaps, is really just another way of saying ...


the Lighter Side of Lancaster: Traditional Recipes Made Healthier

Posted by tom | Oct 7, 2009

While painting/decorating small pumpkins with the Amish, petting alpacas, listening to music, and buying various treasures at Lancaster Central Market's Harvest Breakfast, our family enjoyed Morning Glory Muffins and Pumpkin Bread made from recipes in the Lighter Side of Lancaster:  Traditional Recipes Made Healthier.  This morning Theresa and I downloaded a free copy of the Lighter Side of Lancaster:  Traditional Recipes Made Healthier, provided by Lancaster General Health's Wellness Center.  We encourage you to check it out. ...

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