Can God, the master plot builder, write you and me a happy ending, even if we’ve messed up the story?

Recently a friend and I were chatting online about a most stupid and aggravating character (Young Pere in “The Soldier in the Middle of the World”). Those of you who are reading it know that Young Pere keeps getting caught up in his own ideas of how things should be. Despite warnings and promptings, he … Continue reading Can God, the master plot builder, write you and me a happy ending, even if we’ve messed up the story?

Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!

“Your problem is that you haven’t told God that you need a miracle. Tell him! Demand a miracle!” That was the advice my friend gave me when, seventeen years ago, we were drowning. I was pregnant with my 6th, my husband had lost his job and the part-time job he had in the meantime wasn't … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!

In praise of regular days

My 10-year-old said, "I'm bored. What are we doing today?" "NOTHING!" I shouted in delight. "Isn't that amazing!" "So," she said, "we're going nowhere and have nothing to do?" "Isn't that WONDERFUL?!" She frowned but I was grinning. It's been months--maybe even a year--since we've encountered so many quiet days. The frenzy of fixing things … Continue reading In praise of regular days

The chapter may be ending, but the book keeps going

Since last summer, I’ve felt I’ve been dying a slow death. We’re in the long process of moving cross country in June, but not until some major events in our family occur: a granddaughter born, a daughter off to college and back again, a son marrying, another son returning home. I find myself looking at … Continue reading The chapter may be ending, but the book keeps going

Four reasons why change is the best, crappiest thing that can happen to you.

I hate and love change. Sometimes change is most welcome: when you finally get a new job; when you finally move into that better place, and when that baby finally decides to be born. There are times when change is desired, sought after, even prayed and begged for. The change that cancer is in remission. … Continue reading Four reasons why change is the best, crappiest thing that can happen to you.