All Parts are Welcome Here

In the months since Rob died, our family has developed a dark sense of humor. On the ride to school the other morning (when all our best conversations seem to happen), my children batted around jokes of the “Yo Momma” variety.  “My Daddy’s so awesome God wanted him to live with Him.”“My Daddy’s so richContinue reading “All Parts are Welcome Here”

The Seven Month Altar

It struck me yesterday that we have lived the better part of the year without Rob now. The seven month mark was a tipping point. We are closer now to the year anniversary of Rob’s death than we are to his accident. Even when it has felt as though time has stopped, we continue toContinue reading “The Seven Month Altar”

The Man, The Myth, The Not-So-Legendary

Not so long ago, my son was invited to a roller skating party. He’s skilled at many sports, but roller skating has not really clicked yet, despite numerous attempts at homeschool get-togethers and birthday parties. In a world that preaches, “Dream it. Do it,” I’m a real countercultural voice when I remind him he won’tContinue reading “The Man, The Myth, The Not-So-Legendary”

Binomials and the School of Grief

Last spring when I did my homeschool planning for the coming year, I realized I’d hit a wall teaching math. I loved teaching my children math during elementary and middle school. The subject had come easily to me throughout my school years. As a teacher, I discovered patterns, logic and predictability I’d never seen asContinue reading “Binomials and the School of Grief”

Reading About Death and Grief with Children

When Rob and I didn’t understand something, we had a go-to response: read a book about it! When we became homeowners, we devoured DIY books. When we had children, we found books about parenting. When we wanted to chart an epic cross-country road trip, we went to a downtown Seattle map store and bought aContinue reading “Reading About Death and Grief with Children”

From Death, Life

“Did you know babies have webbed hands in the womb?” my daughter asks me on the ride home from school. She’s taking Honors Biology this year and has become a DNA and genetics junkie. “How come they’re not born with their hands that way?” I ask, happy for a new topic to draw conversation outContinue reading “From Death, Life”

All The Materials

“He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” Philippians 3:21, NLT “What is cremation?” My seven year old asked me as I tucked her into bed one night. She often wants pillow talk atContinue reading “All The Materials”

Wish You Were Here

We slide into the booth just before closing time. The vinyl bench seat squeaks softly against our legs. A couple of older locals chew the fat with the waitress behind the counter as she wipes down the coffee makers. The glass dessert case stands beside the counter, a colorful assortment of pies all topped inContinue reading “Wish You Were Here”

A Place That I’ll Call Home

In 2016, Rob and I hit a tipping point. We’d been married almost 15 years, and the pace of our life felt like it was getting too fast. Work responsibilities were increasing, our children were growing, and activities and commitments were eliminating margin from our life. Nevertheless, we’d always been committed to a simple lifestyle.Continue reading “A Place That I’ll Call Home”