How to Tell If You’re Being Encouraged or Manipulated

Break (and Grow Back Stronger)

When God Gives You a Word for the Year: Deeper

Missing the Obvious

Mixed Messages

God’s Plan: A Blueprint for Life

Two Rocks and a Lesson in Faith

The Kite


Loss is Loss (but Love is Bigger)

How to Visit a Sick Person

Whispers of Love

Visible Faith in Open Homes

The Rescue

The Rescue They said Pedro was lucky. “If you’re going to get cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is very treatable.” A little CHOP-Rituximab (four chemotherapy drugs, the P stands for Prednisone, and Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody), lots of rest, and presto, the cancer disappears. And it did. But then it came back… Read more

When Your Actions Scream

When I Remember

Goodbye Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day seems synonymous with knights on white horses coming to rescue damsels in distress. Or not. Maybe it’s a dreary day filled with what-ifs and if-only-I-would-haves. If February 14 leaves you feeling empty and blah, maybe it’s time to kiss Valentine’s Day goodbye. Valentine’s Day has lost it’s meaning—it’s… Read more

Sex Sells (but We Don’t Have to Buy)

Just Keep Swimming

Keeping Memories

God Has a Purpose for Your Life

I haunted the hallways, waiting for the doctors to finish their regular morning meeting in the corner room. For days Pedro’s life had hung in the balance while a yeast infection in his blood ravaged his cancer-weakened body. The chemo treatment he had received shortly before the yeast started colonizing… Read more

Losing My Focus

Six Tips for Finding Financial Aid for Cancer Patients

Cancer Caregiving 101: Financial Aid for Cancer Patients? “Twenty-seven THOUSAND, six-hundred and six dollars?” my voice inched up the panic scale as I read the number out loud to an empty room and the kitchen table. “For ONE infusion of Rituximab?” I checked the number again, then flipped to the… Read more

Feeling Guilty?

Fitbit Charge HR Review: Accountability on Your Arm

If you’ve ever tried to make long-term changes in your life—whether they are spiritual, emotional or physical, you’ve probably found that joining a group or having an accountability partner makes a big difference. My last exercise accountability partner had pointy ears and insisted that I walk or run at least… Read more

Follow God–Not Fellow Christians


Safety: Redefined

Blinded by Cucumbers: A Lesson in Communion

A Letter to Caregivers

A Letter to My Daughters

Magnifying Your Mistakes

What Inspires YOU this Monday?

Always Welcome (Really)

Eleven Ways to Make Sure Your Houseguests Don’t Feel Welcome


Why Go Deeper?

One Word-2015

Being Content With Who I Am

Setting My Camera on Auto

The Beautiful Gifts We Bring

Why Do I Adore Him?

Invoking Your Citizenship

Is it for Reals?

Prepare Your Heart, Not Your Hearth

Something for Nothing

A Holiday Gift Exchange…Um, Giveaway!

Susan Baker wrote a wonderful blog post about what the blogger in your life really wants for Christmas–and it has more to do with ‘presence’ than ‘presents’.  A group of blogging friends have gotten together to present you with an opportunity to win an Amazon gift card for $125.00. We’ll call… Read more

Five Tips for Fighting the Holiday Blues

Fifty Marathons after Sixty? Let Lillian Inspire You!

When Life Feels Sour, Give

Thankful to be Cancer Free

Sovereign or Souvenir? Which Kind of God are You Looking For?

The young girl walked up to my daughter and declared, “I’m ready to say my memory verse, Miss Sarah!” “Go ahead,” Sarah said. She listened patiently as the student recited from memory Habakkuk 3:17-18. When the youngster reached verse 19, her words caught Sarah by surprise. “The souvenir Lord is… Read more

When Caring for a Parent Means Quitting Your Job

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Roasting a Turkey

Caring for a Child with a Rare Metabolic Disorder (GA1)

Caring for a Child with Albright’s Hereditary Osteodytrophy

Three Simple Steps to Unlock the Secret to Happiness

Caregiving for a Child on the Austism Spectrum

Five Ways to Help a Caregiver This Thanksgiving (Inspire Me Monday)

When a Community Becomes a Caregiver

    Meet: Bethany Caregiver Connection: I met Bethany through the Five-Minute Friday twitter parties (where scads of bloggers meet each Thursday night to chat, encourage each other and wait for our prompt from Kate Motaung). Who Cares for Her: Bethany discovered the beauty of a community that stepped in… Read more

Be Still and Let God Fight

Caring for a Spouse with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)

    Meet: Shorna Caregiver Connection: Shorna, who currently works as registered nurse in the ICU,  graduated from high school with Carol and Pedro back in 1984. Who she cares for: Her husband, who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Favorite Bible verse: “When I am afraid, I will trust… Read more

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

    If you love all things pumpkin, crisp mornings and a hearty breakfast, you’ll love these pumpkin spice waffles.  Made with things like whole-wheat flour, flaxseeds and pumpkin puree, one waffle will make your stomach sign with  contentment from breakfast to lunch. You can make your own pumpkin puree… Read more

The World Needs YOU!

Caring for a Parent with Multi-infarct Dementia

Caring for a Spouse with Vascular Dementia

    Meet: Barbara Caregiver Connection: I met Barbara through the #write31days challenge and her series on “Dealing with Dementia’s Demands” Blog: Who she cares for: Her husband, who suffers from vascular dementia. Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 116:1-9 Wearing hats is not who I am. They just aren’t comfortable; and… Read more

Inspire Me Monday–What Inspires YOU?

An Unexpected Turn in Conversation

You Do It Because It’s Your Turn

Royal Tea or Royalty?

Caring for a Spouse With Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke

    Meet: Paula Caregiver Connection: Paula wrote a beautiful series of letters to Richard, her husband of over 40 years, for the #write31days challenge. Blog: Who she cared for: Her husband Richard, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the 1990s and had a stroke in 2011. Favorite… Read more

Caring for a Parent with a Mental Illness

Inspire Me Monday(s)

Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month With Us

Unsung heroes live and work quietly beside you. You might know them from church, the grocery store, the library, the coffee shop or work. They might disappear for stretches of time, and reappear–a more tired, worn-out version of themselves. We know them as classmates, colleagues, acquaintances, bowling buddies and friends,… Read more


Go Away

Sticky Fingers


The pile of hospital bills proclaimed Pedro’s million-dollar-man status (I think I added them up once, and the grand total equaled about 1.5 million dollars). God blessed us through this entire time with steady employment for me, and an outstanding employer provided insurance plan. But the bills still created a… Read more

God’s On Your Map, Guiding Your Journey

First (and the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up)



I Dare You!



One of the biggest challenges came out of left field a month after Pedro’s successful stem cell transplant. My goal in telling this part of our journey is not to point fingers of blame or launch accusations—I simply want other caregivers (and potential caregivers—so that’s just about everybody) to know… Read more


In the interest of full disclosure, I wouldn’t want anyone to thinks that caregiving contains miracle after miracle and daily evidence of God’s intervention (although those things did happen time and time again). Nor would I want anyone to think that caregivers live in a sheltered super-power-type world where quotidian… Read more


Hope (and the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up)






Quick (and the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up)

Welcome to Inspire Me Mondays! Here’s my contribution–I’m on Day 13 of the #write31days challenge issued by The Nester. “But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27 NIV) Tubes sprouted from Pedro like a crazy hamster maze. A team of nurses moved quietly… Read more



When Strangers Care Enough to Give

Michelle had been on duty the night we first arrived at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital with our extremely leukemic four-year-old. Her kindness, patience and caring over the first few days of our new life was comforting and reassuring in those stressful days of learning about our new life. One day, after… Read more


Miserable Comfort



Inspire Me Monday



Dear Caregiver; I know your confusion and despair. I’ve sat with Deep Sadness and he makes an uncomfortable companion—especially when he invites his buddy Hopeless to join us. Everyone seems to focus on the one you selflessly care for—conversation revolves around the latest tests, remedies, prescriptions, progress and setbacks. And… Read more


Inadequate. Incredibly inadequate and unable to perform the simplest tasks. That’s how I felt after the initial adrenalin rush that carried us through Pedro’s cancer diagnosis and first few rounds of treatment. The last quarter of school had progressed in a haze of lack of sleep, worry and multitasking. I… Read more

New Song

Rod and Staff

He Is

31 Days of Comfort for Caregivers

You are Worth the Effort

Dear Friend; You are worth the effort. It’s not easy, struggling through each day and learning to squash the automatic thoughts that the evil one has planted in your subconscious. But you are worth the effort. Answering endless questions posed by psychiatrists and counselors feels like an invasion of privacy… Read more

Butternut Coconut Soup (Vegan and Gluten-free)

Encourager or Audience?