Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

“I do not know what the Lord has planned for us.  I rest in the fact that He is God and He knows what He is doing.  I began this journey without knowing all the twists and turns it may involve.  But my Captain knows all.  I do not need to fret or peer over…… Continue reading Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Revised Post: Desires of a Mother’s Heart

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.   1 John 5:14-15 Every prayer I have ever uttered…… Continue reading Revised Post: Desires of a Mother’s Heart

Revised Post: Four

Click here to read the entire post. “It’s not just Hans I miss.  It is all of them together as happy children on a Sunday afternoon.  Sometimes I so want to turn back the clock to one of those precious days.  Or to turn it forward to when we will all be together again. But…… Continue reading Revised Post: Four

Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Most of the animals we keep were acquired when our children were young. Our oldest animal, a goat (The Old Lady), died at the ripe old age of eleven just a few months after Hans left us.  She was one of our original breeding stock and was a sensible and reliable animal.  But one day…… Continue reading Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Mama

“If you have ever gazed upon your child’s lifeless body and tried to will it back to life with the force of your love, then you know what it is to have your heart pierced.  No, not pierced… Demolished.” In the 1948 movie “I Remember Mama,” there is a sequence where the youngest child needs…… Continue reading Mama

Desires of a Mother’s Heart

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.   1 John 5:14-15 Every prayer I have ever uttered…… Continue reading Desires of a Mother’s Heart

Better Than a High Five

Hans always made a point of thanking me whenever I helped him out.    I believe he thanked me after almost every meal I cooked for him.  Every pizza was “the best pizza ever.” Often, after asking me to assist him in some way, he would say, “I hope this doesn’t cause you more work”.  And…… Continue reading Better Than a High Five

Four

It is a Sunday afternoon in summer.  The first summer without Hans.  Manfred and Noah are three hundred miles away on a job in Anchorage.   Olivia, Josef and I are back home after church and have eaten our spaghetti, with ice cream for dessert.   Olivia leaves for work and Josef hops on his bike.   I…… Continue reading Four