Chapter Two: Blessed is the Couple Who Embraces All Seasons of Life

Caryl & Jeff Creswell

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”

Mary Oliver

Caryl came to see Jeff about participating in a Courage and Renewal retreat series for clergy and lay leaders. Both widowed, they found a deep connection around children, spirituality, and an evolving Christian faith. Caryl has served as a Quaker pastor and is a Godly Play trainer working to develop this Montessori-based religious education program nationally and internationally, especially in Spanish-speaking countries. After a thirty-two-year career as an elementary school teacher, Jeff now shares the Scottish Storyline method of curriculum integration with teachers around the world. Together they facilitate Courage and Renewal retreats as well as doing Godly Play training. 

We call Portland, Oregon home and love our little bungalow in northeast Portland where we often welcome our eight children and their friends and families.