Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Gutted, but Not Destroyed

“I tear down to rebuild. And through the process of pain, growth happens. I hate it, but it is good.” –Henry Cloud, How People Grow   I just watched a video montage of several buildings being demolished. Enormous structures of brick and concrete and steel. Exploding. Then imploding. Then crumbling to the ground. Some of… Read More Gutted, but Not Destroyed

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Say Something

I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Psalm 28:1 You’ve probably heard the song by the same title. Maybe you saw the moving performance on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Or… Read More Say Something

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, Marriage, Parenting, The Kiddos

All Different Kinds of Dads

This summer Peter is spending much of his time playing full-time Dad. Since he’s not teaching and I have lots of writing to do, some days it’s all him on the home front. He makes breakfast. Reads his Bible in front of the kids while they eat. Then reads theirs to them. He takes them… Read More All Different Kinds of Dads

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, Holidays

One More Mother’s Day

My mom’s last Mother’s Day was in 2008. But I think I miss her more this year than ever before. In part, because I have been writing about her for these past many months. Her presence felt so powerfully as I paint her on each page. In part, too, because each year I spend as… Read More One More Mother’s Day

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Moving in Mom and Dad

Just a couple of months after our first miscarriage, we had a second. And just a couple of weeks after that, in June of 2005, we had a call. Since my epiphany and the release of so much anger, my main method for dealing with grief was to throw myself into the renovation of our… Read More Moving in Mom and Dad

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, The Kiddos, This Odd House the Book

Becoming Sibs

My mom loved to tell the story of when I was almost three and her belly was bulging with my brother and we were doing the laundry in the basement. Evidently, I climbed to the top of a mountain of dirty clothes and issued a decree. “Mommy, let’s name our baby Kenny.” Undoubtedly, it wasn’t… Read More Becoming Sibs

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, Parenting, This Odd House the Book

On Loss, Love, and Life

The four older Kimball sisters just after their mother died. “A time to seek, and a time to lose.” (Ecclesiastes 3:6) My mother’s mother, Grandma Ruby, was born on January 12, 1909, in a little house with a crooked brick chimney in the-middle-of nowhere, North Dakota. She was the middle daughter of five. And in… Read More On Loss, Love, and Life

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, Parenting, This Odd House the Book

In the Face of Danger

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions.”… Read More In the Face of Danger

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Why This Title? Part 2

I grew up in a conspicuous family. I know now that not every head could have turned when we entered a restaurant or school event. But when I was the self-conscious age of twelve, it sure felt like it. My parents were brave, tenacious, intelligent, generous, compassionate, God-fearing, and physically disabled. They both had cerebral… Read More Why This Title? Part 2