When Mother’s Day Is a Matter of Life and Death

On Mother’s Day 2004 I made the silly mistake of going to church. By that time my husband Peter and I had been floundering in the stormy sea of infertility for over two years, and I was tired. Depression was weighing me down—anger, too—as we rode wave after wave. The monthly swell of hope, then… Read More When Mother’s Day Is a Matter of Life and Death

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, 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

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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its… Read More And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

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Tested by Fire

“Gold is tested by fire, people by God.” (a Chinese proverb) panic attack: an episode of intense fear that may occur as a reaction to a stressful event; specifically: one that is accompanied by four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time. My entire body was quaking.… Read More Tested by Fire

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The Big Reveal

In my next post I will return to the subject at hand…revealing more about this particular journey of healing that God has taken me on. But here I want to take a step back—for my own benefit as much as anything—and try to explain the point of this exercise. Why I feel the need to… Read More The Big Reveal