No Election Complaints Here

 I’ve worked elections for almost half my lifetime. It’s a family hobby, sort of. Between the Preacher, myself and our children—even an in-law who’s caught the bug, we’ve seen elections from most angles. We’ve done everything from pounding in campaign signs, sitting as scrutineers at polls, enumerating voters door-to-door, crossing …

A Young Mom’s Triumphant Faith

 “I’m going to be a grandmother!” my friend Shelley announced at a “just-us-gals” gathering in my living room. Delight skittered over her face as she shared the happy news from her recently married daughter. “Boy or girl?” someone asked after we finished whooping. “We don’t know yet,” she said. “Bethany’s …

Easter Faith To You

The central event of Christianity is Jesus’ crucifixion at a place called Calvary, and his resurrection three days later. So what? many ask. There are three concepts that make sense to Christ-followers, but seem bizarre to those without faith: God is present in almost tangible ways in times of deepest …

In a Town Just Right

It’s been over a year, but “Where have you moved to?” people still ask. Next door to the country, say I. To a place God had waiting. In a town meant for living and loving it, not commerce. The bottom of our large backyard sits less than two hundred steps …

What Sign is at Your Gate?

Two dogs rambled with me on my morning walk today. Happy to be free, they romped alongside, sniffing every blessed thing—including large cats and small poles. The biggest, a young black lab, took one step for every four springy ones of his smaller companion—a curly-haired, oatmeal-colored reincarnated rubber ball, I …

Here Comes the Son

We didn’t talk much on our long road trip last autumn, the Preacher and I. Just getting to the West Coast from our prairie home occupied us. A bittersweet task loomed at our final destination: helping my beloved elderly parents leave home. At their gracious house, my siblings and I …

Just Show the Card

I don’t know anyone with a personality like Cassie—or that’s what I’ll call her here.  She’s honest as a daisy, winsome, direct—and highly persuasive. Cass could convince a rock musician to take up the harp, I think.  My friend has developed a unique skill, for a woman—renovating her house. Out …