Life Unexpected – Part IV… “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter”

(To go to the beginning of this series, please click here...) Most people are not familiar with sheep.  Certainly, the Humane Society isn't...  I mean, have you ever heard of someone calling "animal control" because of incessant baa-ing, or a violent attack-lamb coming toward them? In the "horse and cattle country" of Colorado, even many [...]

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Life Unexpected… “The Invasion”

The day of the invasion came like a sudden rush of fire and darkness.... My mother was going to be with me that day, to help me recover from the emergency D&C I had on Thursday after they discovered a dangerous grapefruit-sized tumor as well as the miscarried baby from December. That Thursday, I had [...]

Life Unexpected – Part I

  It was a crisp Colorado morning in January... And when I say "crisp," I mean a "crisp" -10 degrees.  Nevertheless, the sky was clear, and the sun was bright and beautiful, which is typical of living on the east side of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Our beloved small group of farm [...]

Emptied… When Lent Seems Longer than 40 Days…

Officially, Lent has begun. But for me, the last two months have felt like 60 days of Good Friday. So when Ash Wednesday dawned last week, it felt almost anti-climactic... Almost a holiday, because there was at least an official reason to feel hungry and dark and repentant and thirsty for God's mercy... When we [...]

The Day I Lost You… A Tribute to Lily and Her Generation

On November 11, 2012, my dad was having his first signs of a heart attack.  It was also, of course, Veteran's Day, a touching day for me when we remember those who lived and died defending our freedoms. It was also the day I lost a baby. We were (very surprisingly) expecting a new little one, [...]