In the Waiting Room

When the Wait Is Worth It

Are you waiting for anything right now? The next life event? An answer to prayer? The end of a particular pain? Today I have the honor of writing again about the theme of waiting, this time over at Elisa Morgan’s blog, Really!  Join me there as I reflect on what it’s like to wait when you’re… Read More When the Wait Is Worth It

In the Waiting Room

For the Ones Who Wait

  On Tuesday we dropped everything at 3 p.m. We left Daryl’s math lesson, half-finished, on his desk. We set science to one side. And we took a trip—a pilgrimage, really—to the Spring Hill Mall. There’s nothing special about this particular shopping establishment—except for the fact that we were there when I received one of… Read More For the Ones Who Wait

Adoption, In the Waiting Room, Parenting

It's World Adoption Day!

In honor of World Adoption Day, I’m re-posting this piece called “Island Time” about the long, yet necessary, process of adopting our daughter Amelia. ISLAND TIME “Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” –William Faulkner Our official wait for… Read More It's World Adoption Day!

Adoption, In the Waiting Room


I met Meredith last month when Peter and I spoke at a young marrieds’ retreat in Gull Lake, Michigan. During the Saturday evening session, I spoke from John 11 about Mary and Martha and Lazarus and Christ. If you’ve done much reading here at This Odd House, you’ve probably picked up on how much I love… Read More the-baby-wait

In the Waiting Room, Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Wait Well

  On Saturday I had the privilege of speaking to the wonderful women of New Life Community Church in Portage Park. I shared a part of my story from “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.” Then I recounted the story of Mary and Martha from John chapter 11–the story of what must have been both… Read More 5 Ways to Wait Well

In the Waiting Room, Spiritual Growth


I’m ashamed to admit that, for many years, I felt unable to fully enter into the Christmas spirit until the very last minute. As a college professor, the first few weeks of December have long been filled with advising students and administering exams and grading. Giant stacks of grading. And because of my penchant for… Read More Advent

In the Waiting Room, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

Island Time

“Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” –William Faulkner  Our official wait for our daughter Amelia began on an island. The island of Great Chebeague, off the coast of Maine. In the summer of 2006 we mailed our… Read More Island Time

In the Waiting Room, Spiritual Growth

Turn, Turn, Turn

Guest Post by Andie Roeder Moody Today I’m thrilled to share this piece by another friend and former student, Andie Roeder Moody. I fell in love with Andie’s heart and her writing when she joined my Creative Nonfiction class a few years ago. Here she offers some lovely thoughts and some powerful Biblical truths about… Read More Turn, Turn, Turn

In the Waiting Room

Waiting for Navy’s Lips

Guest Post by Alicia Reisinger Today I am honored to share this piece from my friend and former student, Alicia Reisinger. When I decided to try a guest blog series, Alicia was one of the first people I invited to contribute because she is a gifted communicator. Alicia knows story. She also knows what it… Read More Waiting for Navy’s Lips

In the Waiting Room

Instant Gratification Nation

  Last spring the Hidden Pearl coffee shop opened in downtown McHenry. Just two blocks south of us on Green Street. It changed our lives. And our hopes for the neighborhood. Which has endured its share of economic downturn fallout. As well as a major fire. Over the summer, every time Peter sent me off… Read More Instant Gratification Nation