Faith, Family, Life

Surrender to Love

You know that great Hollywood divorce story? The one where former spouses remain good friends who greet each other with an affectionate smooch over a gourmet espresso? Mine is not that kind of story. It was ugly—brutal to be honest. When it comes down to it, all divorces are. To say divorce was “amicable” is… Continue reading Surrender to Love

Faith, Family, Life, Ministry

Wanted: 1 Homing Pigeon

I’m a homemaker, a.k.a. I don’t earn a paycheck. My last culturally defensible tenet for being home full-time walked down the aisle last September. That milestone added to an underlying angst that started with our final home-school graduation four years ago — that ‘I-should-do-something-with-my-life’ feeling. Lately I’ve been struggling beyond belief to make a decision… Continue reading Wanted: 1 Homing Pigeon

Faith, Family, Life, Marriage, Ministry

Vintage Pearls

“There was something magical in those garments worn by my mother and grandmother. They were not merely hand-me-downs. They seemed infused somehow with the essence of womanhood I had yet to experience—like a vintage postcard left by those ahead of me on the journey.” — Tabitha M., “Vintage & Vogue: The Beauty of Titus 2… Continue reading Vintage Pearls

Faith, Family, Life

Defined by Love

Twelve years ago we crammed our belongings, three reluctant kids and an obnoxious sheltie named Bodie into our black Durango and one big yellow Penske truck and headed west. We hadn't an inkling as we pulled out of the driveway with tears in our eyes, that the 2,300 mile trek from Michigan to Idaho would… Continue reading Defined by Love

Faith, Family, Nature

Autumn’s Promise

I’m sitting in my husband’s work truck surrounded by an expanse of rolling pasture land. Tall prairie grasses blanket the hilly terrain in shades of color merely a faded version of their summer splendor— the under-story of once vibrant green blades now variegated with autumn gold and orange. The entire landscape will soon fade to… Continue reading Autumn’s Promise

Faith, Family

Everyday Emancipation

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright. Leviticus 26:13 Yesterday was Easter Sunday. We enjoyed a splendid dinner with our two youngest daughters and three guests. The… Continue reading Everyday Emancipation

Faith, Family, Homeschool, Nature

Cloud Watching

Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.  Numbers 9:22 "If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour." —that was a common maxim I heard growing… Continue reading Cloud Watching

Faith, Family, Marriage, Parenting

Waiting with Rebekah

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:11-13 In my thirty-five years of mothering five amazing children, I have changed no less than 5,000 messy diapers, lactated for 63 months, kissed and bandaged dozens of skinned knees, winced at hundreds of flat notes, and spent many… Continue reading Waiting with Rebekah

Faith, Family, Parenting

Into the Wilderness

I was reading in Jeremiah this morning when I came across what struck me initially as something of a contradiction. It had to do with the concept of ‘wilderness’. Most often, based on a kind of synopsis of Old Testament history that I have in my head, the “wilderness” in biblical context usually refers to… Continue reading Into the Wilderness