may his face shine upon you

Numbers 6 : 24 - 26 ESV   The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Dear moms and dads, This blessing was first spoken from God to Moses. The... Continue Reading →

joy unspeakable joy

She gave me a wry grin and shook her head. "Is that getting old?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but her laughter told me she (sorta) liked my little comedy routine. Now that my daughter and husband (and most of us) are doing school and work at home, I say, "Drive safe!" and "See you... Continue Reading →

an ever-present help in times of trouble

My first overriding emotion was embarrassment. When I heard one say to the other, “It was a domestic dispute,” I felt the blood rush to my face. The emotion following immediately behind was anger. “No! You don’t understand. My dad has a brain tumor. He’d never hurt us or our mom!”  The kind paramedics looked... Continue Reading →

we’ve gotcha

The stout and stern, dark-haired judge scared the living heck out of us. She fired one question after another and the sweat beaded on Craig's head. The kind translator had warned us ahead of time not to look at herself, but to look only at the judge, when it was time for the translator to... Continue Reading →

revelations from a road trip

"Did you leave yet?" I frantically asked. "Please don't go, we've been robbed!" The minute we saw that our window had been smashed and our car broken into, I called our son, who was in another vehicle with our daughter, his wife and mother and father in-law, leaving from the same parking lot. It was... Continue Reading →

the essence of big love

The risk of loving big is that big goodbyes can wreck you. If you've lived long enough, you've experienced it. The reverberating pain of saying goodbye to someone you love dearly. I've been to more funerals than I can count. My beloved father passed away when I was a teen, and three more people I... Continue Reading →

ineffable

My worst fear had been realized. When I heard his feet hit the floor and his bedroom door open, I knew I didn’t have time to move or hide. I was caught. "Hey!" he said. "What are you doing?" "I'm just looking for something I dropped earlier," I whispered (and lied). He was practically sleep-walking... Continue Reading →

build a bridge

Trying to wing the toast at my son’s wedding last May was a horrible idea. Once I had the microphone and looked out at that historic, lakefront ballroom full of cherished family and friends, I felt an uncomfortable lump forming in my throat. When I turned to address the bride and groom, the swelling mysteriously... Continue Reading →

one single word

What was going on? Yes, they lost the game and I knew he was extremely disappointed, but this sophomore in high school and quarterback of the football team was not one to cry in public. I was working the concession stand, selling snacks and laughing with other parents and the abundance of those that always... Continue Reading →

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