No! This Doesn’t Fit My Plan!

No! This Doesn’t Fit My Plan!

I’m a bit of a planner. In fact, I’m such a planner I began sketching out an imaginary empty nest life before my first newborn son had ever slept through the night. Before our firstborn had begun eating solid foods, I looked forward to holding his child. Maybe it was...
Mary and Elizabeth

Mary and Elizabeth

I hold my son’s son, both hands cupped against his wife’s warm abdomen. Her baby rolls toward my touch and she smiles down at me. Maternal delight mingled with innocence shines through her flush of expectancy. Love flows from each of us into the center of her...
The Women and the Resurrection

The Women and the Resurrection

Summers are difficult for me because when my kids are out of school, I don’t have a regular rhythm for my work, writing, and alone time, which I desperately crave. Even though my kids are teenagers, they still need things like food and rides to various places all...
3 Ways to Make Wise Entertainment Choices

3 Ways to Make Wise Entertainment Choices

Greasy fingers met in a communal popcorn bowl and laughter overpowered the details of dialogue: “Hey, somebody rewind! I missed that line!” It was family movie night, and the flickering image on the screen played second fiddle to the allure of an extended bed time....
If the Nest Never Empties

If the Nest Never Empties

What’s that old saying? Man makes his plans and God laughs? My husband, David, and I had talked about dreams we had for our empty-nest years: Taking our tandem bike to several exotic destinations. Opening a unique bed-brunch-and-bikes place (since I’m not a morning...
A Cassette Tape Gave Me the Sex Talk

A Cassette Tape Gave Me the Sex Talk

My mother gave me the sex talk in fourth grade, only after my public-school teacher had shown the class an educational video on the topic, to my evangelical parents’ horror. So, to correct my public school’s overreach, my mother planned an excursion for her and me:...

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