Suckers

28. February 2018 Blog Posts 2
In the thick of my dealing with my diagnosis, I kept hearing the words of Psalm 90:12: Teach us to number our days. I was drowning in internet statistics and numbers questions for my doctors. But they all dodged those quantifiable queries, giving the same advice: “none of us really know how long we have,” ...

Looking Ahead

26. February 2018 Blog Posts 0
In addition to stump-hating, I have been known to uproot a dormant plant that was still alive because it wasn’t coming out of its winter slumber fast enough for me. We even threw out the third grade class hamster we were watching over the holidays because I mistook his unusually deep sleep for death. Later, ...

Beyond the Stump

21. February 2018 Blog Posts 0
If you read under my story tab, you will learn that I asked for this. Not specifically, of course, but in a roundabout, God-is-listening kind of way. I wanted to have a clear sign of what God envisioned for the rest of my life. I had made some great plans, all involving worthy causes, and ...

Celebrating Stumps

19. February 2018 Blog Posts 2
For some strange reason, right in the middle of heart failure, we decided to host our daughter’s wedding…in our backyard. So you’ll understand why when I tell you that, about a year ago, we did a little landscaping. (And by “we,” I mean a guy with a backhoe.) Mostly tore out overgrown bushes and trimmed ...

Miracle Assistants – Part II

15. February 2018 Blog Posts 2
The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. In elementary school, I remember seeing my mother’s copy of that book, and my mind racing at what must be contained in those snarky, irreverent pages. But in a rare moment of sentimentality, Erma Bombeck said if she could live her life again, she would not ...

Miracle Assistants – Part I

13. February 2018 Blog Posts 6
“Biscuit……I had a biscuit for breakfast……biscuit……” My second grade self read from the 10-word list into a cassette recorder. Rewound and played back, the tape would allow me to give myself practice spelling tests.   So began a lifetime where I have been mostly a do-it-yourselfer, albeit a Christian one. I have been in the ...

Fruitful Valleys

08. February 2018 Blog Posts 6
In my childhood, it was reserved for the back of funeral cards. Over the past 26 months, the 23rd psalm has breathed life-giving comfort into me. Especially the part about being in the valley. Since first hearing the words “heart failure,” my husband and I have felt as if we’ve bought a house in the ...

Control Crisis

06. February 2018 Blog Posts 5
For all of us, days come when it feels as if God breaks your heart….a divorce request you didn’t see coming, the sudden death of your seemingly healthy child, the layoff you feared but could never prepare for.  All of these tragedies share something with a horrible personal medical diagnosis: loss of control. If you’ve ...

My Story is His Story

01. February 2018 Blog Posts 12
I should have started this blog months ago, years ago even, when I first became ill. But as in all of life, we don’t always realize we’re in the middle of something big right away. Sometimes never, actually. But 26 months into my diagnosis, I realize now how God has walked through this with me, ...