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Anxiety, Faith, and the Outcome Spectrum Method

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I have a weird approach to life’s obstacles.  I think about the best thing that could happen in any situation, and then also the worst case scenario.  Somehow it’s comforting to know that however things actually unfold, it will be somewhere on the spectrum of things I’ve already considered.  Maybe I could call it the Outcome […]

Accepting the Ugliness of Suffering

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  Be grateful for your trials, for they will become your greatest blessings. This message has been on display on a maker board in the hallway of the parish which hosts our homeschool co-op.   I’ve had to look at for several weeks now.  We have little chats, me and the marker board.  I walk […]

Hope for Crushed Cans

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        “What do you hope to get from Cincinnati?” several people have asked about our intent to see a specialist for our 8 year old daughter, Cee. I’m not sure how to respond.  A drug trial?  Earlier options for hip replacement?  In truth, I’m not sure I’m interested in either option.  The […]

MSB {24}:  Temptation: Jesus-Style

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Thanks for hosting, Rosie! Me: David, will you grab the camera for My Sunday Best? David:  Could I take a picture with you? Me:  Okay…but who is going to take the picture? Various Kids:  Me!  I’ll do it!  I want to take a picture! We let them take turns.  This was the best shot.  Poor, […]

She will not get better.

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Cee’s illness impacts everything. Worries about what the future holds are overwhelming.  I’ve enjoyed being able to escape all that by writing about fluffy topics lately.  Library books.  Clothes.  Fluff.  It’s all fluff. Yesterday I posted My Sunday Best and concluded that being intentional about what’s in my closet makes me think about clothes less.  While […]

Hiding from Quiet

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The Zelie Group is launching a monthly thematic linkup.  This is a much more open-ended way to stay connected, and I look forward reading different reflections on the same theme.  In January we’re talking “quiet.”  Feel free to link up your quiet post below.   I’ve heard whispers, legends, stories of moms who are able […]

Happiness {11}:  Still in the Cave

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Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  My topic?  Happiness.   Today Cee passed her plate to Elle and asked her to mash up her sweet potatoes at dinner.  Confused as to why she didn’t do it herself, I asked if her wrists hurt. […]

Happiness {9}:  My Sunday Best

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Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  My topic?  Happiness. Today is Sunday. In the past I’ve participated in the “My Sunday Best” link up hosted by Rosie.  If you visit that link, you’ll see a list of reasons why someone like me who […]

Happiness {2}: In a Cave

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  Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  Yesterday I chose a topic— Happiness.  Now I have to explore it.  At the time it seemed like a great idea.  Now it seems more like a joke. Cee’s hip started hurting a little.  This morning. […]

Sweeping Up Joy:  A Mission Statement

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  I lost almost three years of mothering. I’m not bitter.  I’m not complaining.  It’s just how life worked out. From the morning in January of 2013 when Cee woke up and couldn’t walk…everything, everything changed. No warning.  No notice.  Just the unrelenting, all-consuming pain of a four year old. All the sudden I didn’t […]

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