"How on earth did it come to me...I wish it need not have happened in my time." ~Frodo to Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring I have to admit that maybe I went into the exploratory laparotomy a bit on the cocky side. After speaking with the doctor and being told what to expect, I felt … Continue reading And your grief will turn to joy
Seems strange to say that so far I have had the vacation of my dreams. Here I am, 46 years old and counting, and I have never in my life been off the East Coast of the United States. If it had not been for my husband's transfer to Pennsylvania back in '97, I bet I … Continue reading Be careful what you wish for…
Finding a new "dream"
“There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth” ~JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring I have to admit, excitement is starting to build. In 18 days I will be … Continue reading Living beyond the “elves and dragons”
“Elves and Dragons, I says to him. Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you. Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.” ~The Gaffer (Tolkien 24) When first hearing the word cancer, I had a very particular image form immediately in … Continue reading The “cabbages and potatoes” of chronic illness
I really struggle when I read Christian "self help" books. It seems like the author has it all together when it comes to living like Christ and I am just stumbling and bumbling my way through life, making mistakes at every turn. That feeling was made very real to me as I was working on … Continue reading How to make an idol
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." ~Genesis 50:20, English Standard Version The last few days have been a whirlwind here. After spending a week at the beach with family, we are now … Continue reading Finding the blessings