Tumor. And time off from writing.

In January I noticed a gland under my jaw would swell each time I ate my favorite snack: apples and peanut butter. My grandmother was deathly allergic to peanuts so I wondered if I was developing a peanut allergy. In March I went to a specialist about an ongoing sinus infection. While there, I mentioned…

Night Time. Dark Time.

Middle of the night. Night time. Dark time. Hardest of hard times in grief. So many dark thoughts. So many memories. So many unfulfilled dreams. So much pain. So much loneliness. Nighy time. Dark time. No one there to listen to my cries. No one there to sooth my hurts. No one there to hold…

Grace

“One of the greatest proofs that you are drawing on the grace of God is that you can be totally humiliated before others without displaying even the slightest trace of anything but His grace.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Saying Grace

“Many people use the word grace to describe the beautiful appreciation we express to God at mealtime. How often have we said to our families around the dinner table, “Let’s say grace”? Yet how often have we failed to consider what saying grace means? Such a prayer should always be an acknowledgment that it is…

Love One Another, Even When It’s Inconvenient

I have been in Chattanooga the past couple of weeks studying 1 Peter. The book is all about suffering for “doing what is right.” I had a chance to see my ugly heart last night. I don’t like suffering – read this as “I don’t like being inconvenienced in any way.” #firstworldproblems. A new family…

My Winter Reading List

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy long books, short books, novels, biographies, historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and collections of folktales and short stories. I love to sit by the fire on cold days curled up with a good book. Here is the list of books I read this winter along with my…

Wedding and Traveling and Other Stuff

You may have noticed I haven’t been posting much. Life is very busy right now! I’ve spent a great deal of time outside working on the new trail to the Back Five, clearing flower beds, planting trees, repairing gutters, and pressure washing just about everything that doesn’t move. I will soon be spreading gravel and…