An ordinary woman with an extraordinary story


Returning to Brazil

June 20, 2012

It was a difficult thing for me to return to Brazil this summer.  For two reasons.  One, it is a place that my husband and I used to go together.  It was 10 years ago that I first went to Brazil.  J. L.  had come the year before and fallen in love with the people.  ... Read More »

Cross of grief

May 30, 2012

Recently I found myself sitting in my favorite chair and asking God to stop the spinning thoughts in my head.  A song came to my mind… old, old hymn.  “Be Still My Soul”  I couldn’t remember the words, so I looked it up.  It is a beautiful old hymn, and it seemed like it was ... Read More »


March 28, 2012

When I first started speaking in 2006, it didn’t seem to me like I had that much to say.  People were wanting to know how I survived, how I could get up in the morning.  They wanted to hear the story, and they wanted answers.  I didn’t know what to say.  ... Read More »


February 25, 2012

This past weekend I spent remembering.  A dear friend from college invited me quite some time ago to come and spend the weekend with her and make quilts from my kids’ t-shirts. ... Read More »

Dead Bug

October 17, 2011

I want to share an old journal entry with you today. “I need you, my Rock.  My brain is mush.  I can’t carry on much of a conversation and I can’t remember what you have told me. ... Read More »