Hold Fast, Ladies

When I was younger, I always wondered what it would be like to be married. For some reason today didn’t quite fit into my charming projections of what matrimony entailed. It’s okay. Marriage is a career where one learns on the job. There are surprises. There are kisses. There are housing moves. There are job changes. And then there are days like today. When I was gone on my trip, I thought a lot about Josh and how amazing he...

Flint, Texas

Merry Christmas from Texas!  What?!  Yes, Texas.  Last night I was in Mississippi. Before that, Carbondale, IL, and before that, Muncie, IN. For Christmas and my birthday, Josh gave me the gift to beat all gifts. It is a gift that was HIS original idea, which made it all the more special.  He sent me on a trip to write a book and stay with my brother!!!! Ah!!!! There were/are 9 AirBnB stops between Grand Rapids and my final destination....

The One Who…

Do you know who came to our see our kids in the church Christmas program tonight?  Linda, the woman who was in the accident with Josh. I don’t know if Josh or Linda knew it, but on this day exactly four months ago, these two met at the corner of Roosevelt and 24th. At this time exactly four months ago I was just getting to the hospital, trying to figure out where to park and which ER doors would lead...

The Best Expression

Isn’t it one of the best feelings when someone’s face lights up when they see you?  I’ve been thinking about the power of our expressions lately.  In the past few weeks, it feels like I’ve had a myriad of case studies on the subject.  I was at the Muskegon Community College Library doing some studying and at the table in front of me this guy walks up to this girl. His face lit up with enough energy to power the...

Suitcase Scents

Do you know that unique phenomenon that happens when you go away from home and smell your own clothes? Being in a different place allows you an objective opinion of what your fabric smells like.  It’s weird when that happens, isn’t it?  Because what does home smell like if you haven’t been away for a while and what do you smell like if you never get yourself to a place you’ve never been? In Latvia, I opened my suitcase for...

Latvia is Calling

Me: “Josh, I need to tell you something. I’m kind of nervous to tell you. It’s probably the last thing you’d ever expect me to say, and out of left field but…” Josh: “Is it the WCSG mission trip to Latvia?” Me: [jaw drops] “How did you know?” Josh: “I just guessed the thing that I figured you’d be least likely to do.” And so it began. For those of you who are new friends or just joining the adventure,...

Double Lives

Middle schoolers live double lives. Some of you seasoned moms know this.  That phrase, “double lives” often comes with a negative connotation. But I need to look at it differently. Yesterday, we had parent/teacher conferences for my two oldest. I came to the school fully expecting to make apologies. “I’m sorry, she’s been so quiet lately, she’s been going through a lot of changes.” “I’m sorry about her disorganization. We are working on it.” These are just two of the...

Surprises…

Unbeknownst to Josh, Linda (the woman from the accident) had called me a few weeks ago. She wanted to come to our church to surprise Josh. She also wanted to bring her family and dinner for all of us.  Today was the day! Josh’s parents and two of his siblings came. We snuck Linda’s family in through the side door that leads to the kitchen.  She walked down the center aisle with her family while I recorded from the front...

When Last Place Happens

Grace is on the Cross Country team for her school.  They had their first race.  175 girls ran in the race. Grace placed 175th. Braelynn, my firstborn, ran the race as well. She was somewhere in the top half of finishers. Where Braelynn is strong and tenacious, Grace is imaginative and artistic. When Grace laughs, it sounds like cotton candy bouncing on a trampoline…And then I giggle too because some people can do that to you. But there was no...