Spiritual Growth, The House

Lift Up Your Eyes

I asked God for a house showing. I didn’t pray for a contract. I didn’t need an offer. Just one showing would do. It seemed to me like a simple fleece.   Let me back up a minute. You might remember that in February we started to homeschool our son, Daryl (7). (Hence, my three-month… Read More Lift Up Your Eyes

Spiritual Growth, The House

Whatsoever Things: Finding Peace in the Midst of the Crazy

I’m still here! Really, I am—although I accept that my April “return to blogging” after my three-month hiatus was underwhelming, to say the least. The past several weeks at This Odd House have been full of end-of-semester teaching responsibilities, end-of-school-year kiddo activities, several speaking engagements, and book editing. Then, in the midst of all the… Read More Whatsoever Things: Finding Peace in the Midst of the Crazy

Spiritual Growth, The House

When Hospitality Hurts

I’ve been silent here over the past couple of weeks. Not because I haven’t been writing. But because I’ve had to use my writing time to focus on a few other exciting projects. I hope to share more about all of them in the near future. But today I get to tell you about one.… Read More When Hospitality Hurts

The House, This Odd House the Book

Home Inspection (or What We Knew at 22)

When Peter and I purchased This Old McHenry House in 2005, we did what most wise home buyers do. We hired a home inspector to go over the place with a fine-tooth comb and tell us what needed to be fixed. The garage door didn’t close properly. The brick patio was crumbling. Among other things.… Read More Home Inspection (or What We Knew at 22)

Spiritual Growth, The House, This Odd House the Book

Growing Up in Good Time

  When we first saw This Old McHenry House in December of 2004, she was covered in a dingy white vinyl siding. All of her still-visible trim work was sloppily painted a horrible dark pink. She wasn’t pretty. But I thought she had potential. My suspicion was confirmed when we received a folder of paperwork… Read More Growing Up in Good Time