Suffering is Never for Nothing

In high school, I toured New England with an acting troupe that performed a reader’s theatre production called Bridge of Blood. The play told the story of five missionaries — Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming — who were martyred in the jungles of Ecuador in 1956. Their deaths madeContinue reading “Suffering is Never for Nothing”

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”

Goodbye, Old Year

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re wrapping up All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, our 89th family read aloud since we began keeping track five years ago and our 6th since Rob died. Ritual has provided refuge in our loss, and bedtime read alouds are among the most precious rituals we engage inContinue reading “Goodbye, Old Year”