Category Archives: Good-byes

Seeing Surprises

A month ago I got one of those phone calls. You know, the ones you dread. My 95 year old dad was being transported to the hospital and was desperately sick. So sick, in fact, that hospice representatives were meeting … Continue reading

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For He is Good

It’s one thing to hear my dad proclaim that God is good when the feed lots are filled with hogs and the corn stalks wave in the summer breeze. When his hands are dirty with honest labor and his arms … Continue reading

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Unexpected Kindnesses

Is it possible that kindness is an overlooked and undervalued fruit of the spirit? I’ve come to believe that perhaps it is. Admittedly, I don’t have very thick skin, so I have to work really hard to let hurts slide … Continue reading

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The Power of Hidden Pain

It’s a new season. One that I’m terribly grateful for because a few hours here or there last winter could have changed everything. The protection I had in the midst of that still can take my breath away. I was … Continue reading

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The House that (re)Built Me

This week we handed the keys of our lake house to a new family. While I’d cried many times during the process of letting this ‘real estate’ go, I only teared up once during the closing. It was when I … Continue reading

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My Treasured Friend – Marilyn Crosland

I’ve decided that it is impossible to say good-bye to a woman who has left such a profound impact upon my life. What began as a ‘business’ agreement to teach piano to Debralyn, and later Josh, turned into a deep connection … Continue reading

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On Bedbugs and Bowls. And Grace.

Here’s some interesting (sobering) facts about bedbugs. They can live up to a year without ‘feeding’. A female may lay up to 5 eggs a day. They can fit through a crevice thinner than a credit card. They inject a … Continue reading

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