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. ...

The Special Catastrophe of the Christmas Story

24. December 2018 Blog Posts 0
Christmas causes the worn-out world to pause for a moment.   All of earth takes a deep breath and celebrates the coming of the King.  It recalls the familiar story in precise detail.   Uncomfortably pregnant Mary traveling per government mandate, no vacancy at the inn, the impromptu maternity ward in the barn, the sneaky wisemen ...

A Child in Red

17. December 2018 Blog Posts 10
Getting dressed for Midnight Mass as a child holds many memories:  the honor of being able to stay up past 9:00 pm, the anticipation of Christmas edging ever closer as the minutes ticked by, the excitement of seeing the neighbor’s silo adorned in lights like a flickering candle.  But one memory stands out now:  the ...

The Power in a Name

10. December 2018 Blog Posts 8
My husband loves magic. He loves to watch Penn and Teller on TV and just about any magician on stage.  He even has his own bag of tricks.  Each child had a magic-themed birthday party when they turned seven. Mostly for their dad.   So ever since our son first started college in California seven years ago, ...