A Prodigal’s Parent

04. March 2019 Blog Posts 12
Driving home from college for Thanksgiving, my dad and his buddy got stuck in a snowstorm.  The naïve teens should never have been on the roads.  Without cell phones and with limited emergency services in 1951, the three days they spent in the car, turning the engine on every few hours for warmth, created a ...

Home or Him?

25. February 2019 Blog Posts 6
Six countries, dozens of monuments, hundreds of busses, trains, ubers, taxis.   Once we got approval for me to travel overseas, we hit the ground running… well, walking anyway.  It would be trite to say it was the trip of a lifetime.  It was the trip of a generation for my family.  And I was thrilled ...

Longing for Home

18. February 2019 Blog Posts 10
We have (over)loaded the car: suitcases, dog crate, snacks, laptop. We have filled the gas tank for the 600-mile roundtrip.  We have adjusted the thermostat and locked the doors.  We are headed home.  Even as middle-aged empty nesters, my husband and I still say we are going “home” when we mean we are going to ...

The Split

11. February 2019 Blog Posts 14
My husband hasn’t always been the slim marathon runner he is today.  He was a chunky little guy growing up, Sears Husky jeans with reinforced knees cut down short.  One summer he invested his careful savings in a Styrofoam surfboard at Duckwall’s.  Even though his mother was skeptical about the quality. He held on to ...

One Year Later: A Divinely Personal Path

04. February 2019 Blog Posts 12
Most of my life I have wanted to be someone else.  It started with wanting to be my older sister, and then in Kindergarten I had others I aspired to be.  My Best Day Ever arrived when Mrs. Coffey was out sick and we had a substitute teacher. It was picture day, and all the students ...

A Different Kind of Loss in Kansas City

28. January 2019 Blog Posts 9
I lost my wedding ring while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Kansas City.  I detest losing things.  After three solid hours of combing through their small house (for four of us, twelve man-hours), I came to the realization that I may be leaving Kansas City without it.   Another mother my age had triplets ...

Why God Allows a Good Plan to Fail

21. January 2019 Blog Posts 2
After a spirit-crushing experience with peewee football, I convinced my son to run for Student Council president.  I was sure this election was the break that would set his entire public service future into motion. Teachers were excited that this intelligent guy was willing to take on the task.  He selected a popular Christian girl ...

The Marshmallow Incident

14. January 2019 Blog Posts 6
In junior high, I attended my younger brother’s winter concert in the school gym.  When I arrived, some older kids motioned for me to join their group.  Feeling unexpectedly flattered and uncharacteristically bold, I decided to accept their invitation instead of sitting with my parents. These super-cool kids had a section at the top of the ...

Sinkholes and Cenotes

07. January 2019 Blog Posts 8
Three weeks ago,  a 5000-square-foot sinkhole unexpectedly opened up near a hospital in Indonesia.   We’ve all seen the disturbing photos of houses and cars sucked into the ground while everything around them stands untouched.  Sinkholes emerge when a structure is built on soft bedrock.  Eventually the rock erodes or rivers form and change, and ...

A Second Grade Lesson

31. December 2018 Blog Posts 10
Little Miss Introvert struggled socially through the first four months of Second Grade.  I dreaded the painful public loneliness of twice-daily recess.  I was not adept at making friends.  Mostly because I wouldn’t actually talk to anyone.   Still, by Christmas, somehow I had managed to make a breakthrough with a couple of patient souls. ...