To Manage a Mountain

20. January 2020 Blog Posts 2
Warm, barefoot summers in Kansas I avoided them at all cost. Those feisty red ants had hills stationed throughout the farmstead. If a kid wasn’t looking where she was going, she got a painful reminder that she was infringing on their territory. Still, I spent hours observing those little guys at work, hundreds scurrying, carrying ...

Tweaking Tradition, Part 2

16. December 2019 Blog Posts 0
Christmas is thundering closer. But something just doesn’t feel right.   We just spent five days traveling to the Cleveland Clinic for my heart failure evaluation. Not a journey I wanted to make the week before Christmas. But this is where God has us now, and it’s been a mixed bag with lots of blessings ...

Tweaking Tradition, Part 1

02. December 2019 Blog Posts 2
Tradition is not a neutral word.   Like college football, or Jesus, or anything political, it evokes a strong emotion, reflecting how traditions have played out in our lives.   I, too, have had a love-hate relationship with traditions over the past few years.   The following article was first published last year for the ...

What to Remember When Gratitude Is Elusive

18. November 2019 Blog Posts 14
Like love, gratitude is not something you feel, it’s something you choose to practice. While we would all love to feel thankful on a regular basis, it is the times we struggle to feel it that we realize gratitude is a way of life. I have begun to understand this more and more. It is ...

Borrowed Words

05. November 2019 Blog Posts 8
Precious friends, I want to share with you my piece that was recently published by Yahoo Lifestyle and The Mighty. But I also want to include here more personal content than was distributed in these publications. As we approach the four-year anniversary of my diagnosis this month, I am especially aware of the debt I owe each ...

Embracing the Seasons

30. September 2019 Blog Posts 6
“This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made…”   My oldest child’s beautiful voice pierced the strained silence on her first day of Kindergarten. Adult tears flooded the front seat of that minivan as an innocent, trusting faith poured out in the back.   With ...

The Size of Loss

02. September 2019 Blog Posts 6
I am an ardent fan of trees, especially large, old ones.   We searched for almost two years before we found a house with a yard full of mature oaks. My daughter was even married beneath their branches.  It was my happy place.   But like grown children leaving the nest, they have gradually begun ...

Echoes in Eternity

05. August 2019 Blog Posts 28
“You are my hero,” she said.   It echoed inside my head for months.   I felt the deep inaccuracy in her words from the start.  This vibrant woman full of life and grace and love, had no business looking up to me.  But her enthusiastic rallying for others is part of her charm and ...

Both Sides of Water

After we remodeled a house, we needed rain for our un-irrigated grass seed to sprout in the summer heat. The exterior door into the new mudroom was installed slightly below ground level.  Every time we got a hard rain that summer, the mudroom flooded.  And every time my husband and I would be in there ...

Trust Enough to Surrender

  “Let go!  Let go!” Our young adult friends yelled in unison from the swollen river’s bank, some reaching a panicked tone.   The canoe my thrill-seeking new husband and I were floating in had taken a corner too fast, and capsized.  He immediately let go, went under, and then popped up on the far ...