What you stand to gain from raising an impossible child


People

You will gain the ability to predict pain, misunderstanding, and offense. You will know when the people you love are about to get hurt, and you will be able to move the earth to prevent it. You will sense it coming. You will become the Great Defender, the diffuser of dangerous situations.

May 1, 2018

In which we introduce the topic of impossible children


People

They will place you on red alert for years without a break. They will put the rest of your life on hold, and your marriage first on autopilot and then on dangerous ground as you and your husband disagree about methods and priorities. They will fail to predict consequences and rearrange their behaviors accordingly; they will not learn what you teach them…

April 30, 2018

An open letter to Bill Gates


People

I wrote about Heinz Gaugel, German artist by way of Holmes County, and his daughter and great-granddaughter showed up to leave a comment. I wrote about Anthony Kleem, painter of our favorite puzzles, and he stopped by the blog to say hello. At that point, I decided I would write only about people I admire. […]

September 7, 2017

How we met


People

One of the reasons I’ve been thinking about marriage so much is that I was asked to write a guest post on Bethany Eicher‘s blog about “How We Met” – the story of Ryan and I. So if you’re in the mood for a romantic story, not too sappy I hope, and not without its […]

June 13, 2017

What I’ve *not* learned in marriage


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This is the finale of a little series on marriage. Start at the beginning here. How to make firm decisions in his absence How to enjoy giving him gifts of really-boring-guy-stuff-that-he-knows-he’s-getting-because-he-picked-it-but-he-still-wants-badly How to stop talking when we’re on a date How to spend without guilt the money he earned for us How to make excuses for […]

June 9, 2017