Family Life

On Loss, Love, and Life

“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 And in her unpublished memoir, My Burden Bearer, she records just a… Read More On Loss, Love, and Life

Family Life

Some Kind of Happy

Yesterday was a good day. Daryl stayed on green at Kindergarten. A friend blessed me by bringing him home from school, so I could get some things done and Amelia could take an early nap. She’s not been well. In the afternoon, both kids were angels at the doctor’s office. Sitting side-by-side, arms around one… Read More Some Kind of Happy

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

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

Family Life, Spiritual Formation

On Mom: Our Secure Foundation

“Few experiences in life are as deep as the feelings we carry about our mothers.” (Jasmin Lee Cori, The Emotionally Absent Mother) We tumble into this world, itty bundles with awfully high expectations. Every last one of us. And for many years, most of those expectations are aimed at one well-intentioned, yet blessedly fallible, person—the… Read More On Mom: Our Secure Foundation