With God We Can Rise From The Ashes

There is one family Christmas card photo that is forever etched in my memory because was so unusual. It was a photo of a family seated in front of a very large fireplace with a beautiful wreath hanging on it—but there was no house, just a family, a fireplace and a wreath. The message in […]

Faith, Cynicism and Toothpaste in the Sink

I am, admittedly, really terrible at dating. But I have learned one very normal thing: break-ups are hard and usually happen a lot slower than they look to the outside world. She hits the snooze too many times. He doesn’t pick up his wet towel off the floor—or his socks. She leaves toothpaste in the […]

Sometimes, Instead of Bread, I Ask God for Stones

I have a battered notebook that has been with me for so long that four of its pages date back to the birth of each of my sons. It is in this notebook that I write down the requests–big and small—and bring to God. Should our family take the adventure of a cross-country trip in […]