My Summer Stack

My husband is training for a half-marathon. This means he runs several times per week. (I do not run. Not even if I'm being chased by a T-Rex. I am laying down and letting that sucker have me for lunch.) It's the middle of summer in Iowa which means … [Continue reading]

How I Met My Dad

Not every little girl can say she met her dad while her parents were dating, but I can. My dad was 28 and directing an ‘Up With People’ choir when he met my 17 year old mother. This was long before there were reality shows about teen moms on MTV. My … [Continue reading]

You Need Beauty

One son is away at church camp. The other son has driver's ed in the mornings. My husband is at work. This means I'm home alone for THREE whole hours. I honestly cannot remember the last time that happened. Still trying to remember. Nope. No … [Continue reading]

Therapy Sessions

I’ve been spending a lot of time in therapy lately--physical therapy--with my hubby watching his body pushed beyond its physical and mental limits. Some days I wonder how much more he can take. It’s not easy to watch someone you love struggle, even … [Continue reading]

Asking For More

It was the end of the service and we were singing our last song of the day when I saw her walk up the platform stairs and approach the guest speaker. She approached with an urgency that first made me a little concerned for the speaker. All I knew was … [Continue reading]

When Mr. Steady Met Nurse Ratched

A few weeks ago I drove my husband to the emergency room. We didn't leave the hospital for two and a half days. A few days later we went back for surgery. One moment he was fine, the next he was anything but fine. My man has always been my rock. … [Continue reading]

It’s Time to Grow

It’s been about a month since I quit a job I loved so that I could focus more on writing and put some order back into my not so orderly home. So far I am a complete failure at both of those things. Awesome. I thought when I woke up the morning … [Continue reading]

No Time for Dog Drama

This winter when the polar vortex would not let it go my boys got a chance to attend a sledding day event with some homeschool families. I teetered between gratitude that they would be socializing somewhere other than at work with me and guilt that I … [Continue reading]

Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Because it's my birthday and because it's almost always better to give than receive, I'm giving you something really special today. This is the carrot cake my husband and I dream about. This is the kind of cake that will make you invent special … [Continue reading]

The World’s Worst Compassion Blogger

A few years ago our family began sponsoring a child through Compassion International. I was at a concert sitting in the front row feeling particularly blessed that night and even though I had heard the Compassion pitch no less than 15 times at other … [Continue reading]

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