It’s so easy to go back to a pattern, to take each day for granted, to think we have forever, to not think of our lives as a vapor, a few brief moments then puff, they are gone; we forget times like our accident, that remind us how brief our lives really are. That is why we celebrate the anniversary of our accident.read more
When she walked through the door of our home, her eyes immediately welled up in tears, as she looked at me sprawled out on the couch. You should be dead. You should be dead. Your kids would’ve been orphans. They should’ve been planning your funeral. I cannot believe...read more
My daughter left today. You’d think I’d get used to it. I don’t. When my daughter visits from across the ocean, we stop the busy-to-do-lifestyle life.
We go to indie coffee shops and on long walks in the neighborhood and make sure we meet with friends and family.
When my mom was 11 years old, she and her parents were forced to leave their homes in Sudetenland after Germany lost the war in 1945. They had to leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs and what they could carry in a few small bags. They buried a few...read more
Warm, mouth-watering, home-baked sugar cookies are piled high on a white-rimmed plate. Green tea in French, hand-painted teacups are on the dining room table; a hand-painted sugar bowl is nearby to sweeten the sipping. A lace antique tablecloth wraps the room in...read more
When a friend of singer-songwriter Rich Mullins asks if he will listen to a tape of a certain preacher while they are riding in Rich’s jeep, Rich is hesitant. His experience with traditional preachers has been less than favorable. His friend insists, saying to give it...read more
I was at church recently, and I seemed to cry during every song and then during parts of the service. God was at work in my heart as I prayed and worshiped and asked Him to show me direction. I feel so confused and frustrated and overwhelmed right now. I get this...read more
We watched Tomorrowland again. Our first time seeing the film I noticed the phrase in the film, "What if there's Everything?" The conversation went something like this: This little girl looks at the stars in outer space, and tells her dad that she wants to go there...read more
One of my surprise favorite movies is the new Disney film Tomorrowland, which I saw with my family. The movie was one of those films that appeals to all ages, and featured none other than George Clooney. There were two other actors who played equally important...read more
Last year, I attended the memorial service of Gene Jackson today. He was 84. Gene was the father of my friends Allyn and Bethany Jackson. I had never met Gene and wanted to go to support my friends. Bethany and Allyn had spoken of Gene’s faith in the Lord, his...read more
And, even with several readings in one night, we may not complete all 25 Advent readings. That is okay. We can read the stories after Christmas, too. And, so what if my kids snuck ahead in the Advent wreath and there is no more candy for the last couple of days before Christmas. Oh well. This is real life.read more
Every year since our children were babies, we have packed up the kids the day after Thanksgiving and driven up to the Mount Hood National Forest to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s quite the effort especially a day after we have filled our bellies with turkey and...read more
Today marks the 10-month anniversary of the accident that changed my life. I spent an hour of the day at vision therapy with all these gadgets and exercises to help my eyes track better together. My therapist says one of them is like a view-master, which I don't...read more
When I write on my computer, I am either sitting on the couch in our living room or at the dining room table, which is right next to the living room. It is one big great room on the sunny side of our house. It is bright and open and a place where I can see the rest of...read more