The Offer

I didn’t sleep very well last night; today my stomach is upset; and I’ve been a little lightheaded most of the day. I’m not getting sick, though. Yesterday, I made an offer on my first house. Waiting for big answers is nothing new for me. From medical tests to acceptance to college, the big results […] Read more

Who Am I?

This was the title of a friend’s recent blog posting as she pondered her identity as a writer. She had interviewed the author of Reconciliation Blues who recommended that all writers have a mission statement, a sense of purpose. Then she asked the readers of her blog, “So, tell me. In your profession, who are […] Read more

In the Market

As I suggested in a recent post, I am now officially “in the market” to buy a home. And in addition to being scared to death that I’m biting off way more than I can chew, I’m also ecstatic! My own home! For those of you who 1.) own your home already, 2.) know what […] Read more


“I will watch my ways.” — Psalm 39:1 If I were to describe my life in artistic terms, lately, I’ve felt more like a stick drawing than a textured oil painting or a three-dimensional sculpture. Here’s some signs: the TV is on a little more, I don’t walk as much as I should, I get […] Read more

Hug a Farmer

Just outside the window where I am sitting, I can see the top of one of my tomato plants, gradually taking over the nearby wooden fence with its strong, sticky branches. Some of the leafy stems must have snuck through the slats of the fence weeks ago when they were small, because now, after a […] Read more

Trouble in Blogville

After believing that my writing life would be perfect once I finally had my own blog, imagine my dismay when I have continued to have compositional problems over the last couple of months. Actually, this blog itself has caused me a good amount of grief. I don’t write in it often enough. When I do […] Read more

The Land of the Living

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:13-14 Erik Steffen, 1970-2006 It’s been a difficult few months for everyone who loves […] Read more


Thanks so much for the many prayers on behalf of Erik and Kelly — and for me for that matter. If you have been following the web updates on the Steffens’ website, you know that the news has been grim. It’s also been hard to interpret — on Monday the doctors and nurses said Erik […] Read more