A Better Way

This is our grandson Isaac … and he is special … in more ways than one! The world acknowledges “World Down Syndrome Day” once a year, while we get to realize the specialness of our boy multiple times a year! When we first learned of Isaac’s condition soon after he as born, it admittedly shook […]

Adoption — the Chosen Ones

Warren married me to get my children! Of course, I’m being facetious.  That is not exactly how it was … but he did want those three kiddos in his life! We did not go anywhere without my chattering chicks trailing behind! Restaurants, movies, sight-seeing — it didn’t matter!  They were with us!  I do not […]

In the Dumps?

Depression isn’t a normal emotion for me, but I’ve had my share of it this week due to a recent crisis in our family.  (Read previous posts.) Depression is stifling. Not fun. Even a little bit scary. Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: […]

Life After Sorrow

We received the life-altering phone call a month and three days ago. There have been some good moments and some not-so-good moments. Until now, I never understood the horrendous emotions that ebb and flow for the casualties of suicide. One month later, this tragedy still ruthlessly rips at our souls. We miss our grandson desperately […]

The Suffering of His Son

(Please read “Tribute to Tyler” before reading this if you haven’t done so already.) I spoke with my daughter Kirsten this morning. She was crying. I listened. We cried together. She said she didn’t know why Tyler had had to struggle for so many years with multiple health problems. She was sorrowing not just over his […]

Tribute to Tyler, Our Grandson

Nothing catches God by surprise. Psalm 139:16b ~ All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. In His foreknowledge, our eternal, omniscient Father knew what Tyler would do that cold winter morning, January 8, 2018. But we didn’t. Warren and I were 1400 miles from home, […]

There Arose a Great Storm

In loving memory of our grandson, Tyler Michael Steen, who passed away unexpectedly on the morning of January 8, 2018. And there arose a great storm. Mark 4:37 Have you noticed that some storms of life come suddenly? They unexpectedly rush from the distant, jagged edges of the horizon to consume our bright and sunny […]