It happens every eight seconds, they say, but it’s no less weird and wonderful. I’ve never seen a baby be born, but my big sister has— twelve of them, actually. She earned her birth assistant’s certificate because she’d grown up the oldest sister, the babysitter, the Meg March of the family. As a kid, she … Continue reading Winter In Her Womb
A Story of Christmas Past My grandma Karen watched Hallmark Christmas movies the way some people use an Advent wall calendar. She counted down to Christmas that way, settling into the couch every evening for the newest feature with the same cookie-cutter plotline as the night before; and she wanted us to relish them too. … Continue reading All Shall Be Well
I noticed the halls didn’t smell like green beans and urine like most other nursing homes I'd known. People smiled here. (Except for the secretary who yelled at us through the glass that the code was 1080, and that we’d have to let the cook know we wanted to share lunch with Ms. Louise, because … Continue reading Ms. Louise
Friday, January 8 I fiddled with my ring while mom picked up the phone to talk to Drew, and her face froze: “It’s time?” They induced Leanna tonight, and all I know about that is it will get the baby here tomorrow or the day after. Saturday Evening, January 9 Got kids clambering all over … Continue reading He Came with the Morning
December 13 Read: Luke 2:8-11 & John 16:20-22 I was still deciding what I could give up for Lent last winter when God chose for me— for all of us. He took my sister’s unborn baby after just ten days inside her. Leanna miscarried on Ash Wednesday, but we’ve gone without that little one for … Continue reading The Shadows Before Sunrise
April 7 Last Thursday, I talked about joy (and how mine can be flimsy). I tend to feel happy and label it as lasting joy. But when the sunshine fades and clouds roll in, I see my mistake. Today I’m sharing a quote by D.L. Moody—nineteenth century preacher and revivalist—on the difference between happiness and … Continue reading Happiness or Joy?
I’ve always had a thing for sunshine. It’s the reason summer is my favorite season. The sun doesn’t just supply light; it warms my bones and gladdens my soul. I tend to feel more spiritually alive on days when the sun is bright and the sky is blue. Maybe you’re the same way. Maybe sunshine … Continue reading Is Your Joy Flimsy?
January 20 Today I’m sharing five fun things that brightened my week last week: SunButter Cups My friend Gia sweetly shares these chocolates with me from time-to-time. They’re like Reese’s peanut butter cups, but the chocolate is dark and the inside filled with ground sunflower seeds. AmbientMixer.com I’ve been using this super cool site as … Continue reading 5 Things I Enjoyed Last Week