Naked and Knotty

Standing fully clothed in the shower while combing through a knot in my 10-year-old daughter’s hair was a sublime place for an epiphany about God’s perfect parenting practices.

Fit & Fiercely Faithful at 50

On reflection of this my 50th birthday, I say “Where in the world did the time go?” I remember when I was 16 thinking that 50 was so old. And now I think, 50 is so young, because I still feel 16 on the inside. I probably have another 50 years in me if I keep up with...

New Year’s Acid

What’s it take it keep our New Year’s resolutions? Most of them get discarded like last night’s pizza box. Weight loss, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, going back to school, spending more time with family, changing occupations. The list is so common....

The Gift of Pain

When I was a child, my dad used to take me out on our boat and he’d let me steer. It was scary on the vast Atlantic Ocean, but my dad who was 6’4” and who I believed could do anything, stood at my side and pointed to a place far off on the horizon. “That’s where we’re...

Humbug & Homeschooling

Don’t you just love it when you end up eating the words, “I will never…” I used to proclaim that fateful statement about homeschooling. I’d heard about those weird homeschooled kids who were as socially dysfunctional as David Zellaby and his Aryan siblings from the...

Mr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

It’s amazing the ferocity of a mother’s protective instinct. Hunters know the last place they want to be caught is between a momma bear and her cub. On the reverse, a human mother in Quebec actually fought off a full-sized polar bear to protect her three children. I...

“If Momma Ain’t Happy…”

There are major advantages in parenting a special needs child: First, you have a ready-made excuse to beg off parties you really don’t want to go to anyway. Not that we ever did that. Second, with a little cajoling–and a lot of paperwork–the government is...