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7th of June

Foreign Affairs and What’s Right With the World


Terrorist attacks.  My two sons and my husband are heading to London and Paris in two weeks for a WWII trip . . . I pray.  I reflect . . . I put a poster board together for him Saturday, the day before he walked the aisle.  The day before he took his seat among the others whose last name begins with a “J”. I slipped a photograph out of a plastic sleeve—the first of


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22nd of March

UNRAVELING THE UNKNOWNS


He’s in critical condition with broken bones and a ripped up brain in an induced coma. He’s the 16 year-old brother of one of my former art students.  Our families attended the same church for a few years. Headed to school last Friday morning, he comes to a curve.  His car tumbles sideways—three times, I hear.  I see video of  his car being dragged out of the woods.  But he’s not out of the woods


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18th of January

Family Vacation Fiasco [How We Survive and Grow through the Breakdowns and Meltdowns of Transitions and Transmissions]


  When January rolls in, we start reminiscing about family traditions, one being our annual ski trip “up nort” as the Uppers (people living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) like to pronounce their homeland. Every January for I don’t know how many years, we’ve been stuffing our car like those Johnsonville brats we Cheeseheads are famous for grilling at Packer game parties. We pack our suitcases with layers and layers. And MORE layers. Because


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29th of December

My Second Best Christmas Gift of All Time


Of course, the best Christmas gift of all time is Christ himself. On Christmas morning, I received my second best Christmas gift of all time. We’d been to church on Christmas Eve and seen and heard all the kids dressed up as Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds and a bunch of shaggy, smelly sheep.  We’d come home and brought all the gifts we’d bought or made for one another and arranged them beautifully under the


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12th of August

Simply Grateful


We went to our “happy place”, as our youngest son calls it, for a family vacation from Saturday until Wednesday. Door County is the “thumb” of Wisconsin and what some refer to as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”—a peninsula that juts out separating the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Highway 42 meanders north past groves of cherry trees and grapevines, through cozy little villages with harbors full of boats this time of


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Flowering Fields
31st of May

Flowering Fields


As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.   Psalm 103:15-18 That woman-child of ours,


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26th of May

Slaying That Dragon—Again


Sometimes the dragon you thought died—the one you thought you slayed with God’s word and your heaving, desperate prayers and every other right thing you knew to do at the time?  Sometimes that dragon comes back from the abyss as if it had never died and been buried.  One day, you turn and there you are, facing the Beast, fire-hot breath bating you . . . And you thought I was gone!  Ha!  I’m back.


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23rd of May

Growing Up


  Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 Saturday was prom day for our youngest who turned 18 three weeks ago.  I close my eyes and see him in that navy blue & white striped shirt he wore the day I held him for the first time in the Russian orphanage.  He was 19 months-old with chubby cheeks. We didn’t know then that he was infested


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16th of March

Wait a Minute!


I worked out hard yesterday because soon I’ll have to shimmy into my shorts. Time to shred the winter belly I swear looks like it was inflated with a tire pump. So I started the DVD. Thought I might die, right there on the family room floor. There was this trainer on the screen, her perfectly toned body standing before me as she said something like this, looking me straight in the eyes: You want


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Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You
23rd of September

Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You


It is late September. The sugar maple is tinged with fire, a burning mix of orange and red and yellow, engulfing the green. Honking Vs of geese fly over the barn. One yellowed leaf curls on the grass. Three Sandhill cranes lift off alfalfa field, warbling their way into the air, a trinity created by the holy. Monarchs en route with the cranes flutter above fields glowing with purple aster and goldenrod. How is it


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An Uphill Climb
1st of March

An Uphill Climb


Think you’re not disabled? Think again . . . We went away together, my husband and I.  We left our problems, our concerns, our constant stress that never seems to let up for long.  Because when one is caring for three kids, now 22, 20, and 15—all  with a myriad of permanent cognitive disabilities stemming from prenatal exposure to alcohol—stress never seems to end. Studies show that the divorce rate of couples raising a child


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Golden Day
20th of September

Golden Day


Today’s the day.  Your golden birthday.  Twenty years old on September 20th.  Officially, you are no longer a teenager. And you look like a man with your hairy legs, lean and muscled body from running, and face that Dad and I still have to remind you to shave—at least on Sunday mornings. Twenty years old.  You turned four when we were in St. Petersburg adopting you on this date, sixteen years ago.  We celebrated both


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