Blog Category: grace

Santa Claus and Poopgate

December 21, 2018

Christmas joy filled the air. Ornaments glistened, smiles radiated, and lights twinkled. Santa awaited … well would await (WAIT emphasized) in a matter of several hours. My daughter Sydney eagerly anticipated this year’s visit while our two year old Jenson hesitantly checked out the man in the red coat from a distance and shook his head no. We put in our name (and cell phone […]

How My Husband’s Mid-Life Crisis Car Saved My Life

November 2, 2018

This car was never supposed to happen. I still remember the day my husband Doug broached the topic. “I really want to get a fast sports car.” Doug has always been a bit car obsessed, but a two-seater for a family needing at least three seats? We were definitely outside the practical zone. I had just come back from a meeting where a psychologist talked […]

A Poem Of Thanks This Good Friday

March 30, 2018

How did it feel To leave perfection To come from heaven To face rejection? How did it feel To know what was coming The trial, the judgment, The abuse and the shunning? How did it feel Asking your dear friends to pray And finding them napping Unable to stay awake? How did it feel To wait for the day When one you discipled Would be […]

Grace for the Holiday Griever (Part 3 of 3)

December 23, 2017

Receiving Grace (Part 3 of “Grace for the Holiday Griever” blog series) No amount of presents under the tree or holiday glad tidings could fill the void. Everything seemed immaterial. It was our first Christmas without our son, and life felt empty and hallow. During this time, God revealed his deep love for the grieving heart. It showed up in special cards from people who […]

Grace For The Holiday Griever (Part 2 of 3)

December 11, 2017

  Part 2: Honoring Your Loved One With Grace We got the Christmas boxes down from the attic and started unpacking. A surge of emotion hit as I pulled out our four stockings (Doug, Kristin, Sydney, and Jenson). It was our first Christmas without our son Jenson, and it flashed me back to our first dinner out after he passed away. “How many in your […]

Grace For The Holiday Griever (Part 1 of 3)

November 17, 2017

How do you navigate when grief rears its ugly head and threatens to steal your holiday cheer? If you’re feeling the sting of grief this holiday season, this three-part series “grace for the holiday griever” is for you. Part 1: Grace & Space When grief pounced its way into our lives five years ago, I had no idea how suffocating and all consuming it would […]

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