Goodbyes, Change, and Grandma

Author: Angela Burril I am not good at change.  I like all things vintage, except my refrigerator and my long-distance traveling car—these I would prefer new or with very low mileage.  Yet, aside from God, all things change. This last spring ushered in a profound change, and I have yet to get my mind and…

The Opportunity of Discipline

Author: Kimberley Mulder I hate having to discipline my children. I hold awkwardly and begrudgingly the parental authority that has been given to me. There is nothing that causes my heart to sink faster than my children’s disobedience and disputes. I can be in a fantabulous mood all day but when that door bursts open…

Glory Day

Author: Kimberley Mulder The day was almost sabotaged. It arrived sandwiched between National Blueberry Day and another week of packing with three kids suffering summer doldrums. We sat in moving mess, random socks, treasured Turkish bowls, and Christmas lights were stepped over as we popped fresh blueberries into our mouths. In an effort to keep…

A Focus on Friendship

Author: Kimberley Mulder My “one word” for 2017 is friendship. At the beginning of each year I spend some time listening to God and observing my journey thus far to discern what one word I am to focus my attentions for the upcoming year. It is always something that God is cultivating in my life,…

The Legacy of Adoption

Author: Kimberley Mulder My daughter was born and abandoned. This is a fact I cannot change. It deeply affects her sense of the world and herself. She, nor I, can separate ourselves from this legacy—as painful as it is. In fact, disowning or denying it equates to putting a rock in a crack to create…

Finding Spring: A Special Needs Journey

Author: Jacqi Kambish Life always seems to move in cycles of intertwined seasons. “A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter brings a misty spring”-Irish Proverb The ebb and flow of laughter, pain, anger, loss, hardship, joy, love…it weaves us into the tapestries that we are—complex and colorful. As a parent of a…

This Side of Wonderland

Author: Kimberley Mulder When I was younger I lived off of Wonderland Road. It’s a long boundary road on the west side of London, Ontario, that unassumingly enters from corn fields in the north. It rolls down the best bike coasting hill, through countless intersections, over the River Thames, past gaping parking lots until again…

Peace and Forgivness for the Restless and Angry

Author: Linda L. Kruschke  I feel a pang of anger each time I see a Facebook post or Internet meme stating that abortion is murder. Not because I disagree. I do not. I am angry, because I didn’t know until it was too late. These calls to save the babies are important, because what one…

Beauty for Ashes

By: Holly Berg Three years ago we bought our son an adorable little t-shirt:  “Big Brother Team Captain”, it said. He wore it to Grandma and Grandpa’s house that evening – he was so excited to share the big secret he had been keeping. My husband’s parents were ecstatic – they had been waiting for a second grandchild since…

The Thanksgiving Phone Call that Changed our Lives

Author: Keri Nikkel It was Thanksgiving Day. My husband Matt and I were at my in-laws, busying ourselves with laughter, food prep, and good conversation. Finally, the time came to eat. All the smells that had been tempting us for hours were about to be enjoyed. The food was set out buffet style in the…