Distorted Vision

3
Aug

Distorted Vision

A black form with spindly legs dropped and dangled next to my left eye. I jumped as I swiped at it, but the black glob hovered. I splashed water in my eye and rubbed it. The spidery form not only remained, but spawned spider babies drifting throughout my field of vision. That evening, lightening strikes […]

29
Jun

Superheroes of Faith

I’ll never outgrow my need for superheroes.  Superheroes use their extraordinary abilities to make the world a better place. But not all superheroes wear capes.  My superheroes are women of faith empowered by the Spirit of God. I am grateful to the Lord for the godly women he has brought into my life to mentor […]

27
May

Life Repurposed

Have you ever wondered if you could ask God for a do-over? I have. But I’ve also discovered he can take the ashes of my life and create something beautiful out of my messes, pain, and brokenness.  Life Repurposed is a book about women who have experienced brokenness. But their life’s journey doesn’t end there. God […]

29
Mar

Holy Week—A Blueprint for Turbulent Times

This past year hasn’t gone according to my plan. The results of my hopes and prayers haven’t been what I expected or even desired. I’ve felt bewildered, disappointed, and disillusioned. I haven’t understood how these outcomes could be God’s will. As I grappled to understand this past season, God gave me a BLUEPRINT of how to respond in these […]

22
Mar

Wit, Whimsy & Wisdom

New Release! I am excited to announce the release of Wit, Whimsy & Wisdom, a 12-week devotional to shine the light on God’s Word.  This book is a WordGirl collective and features 84 devotions from 22 women. I had the privilege of submitting five pieces from my true-to-life experiences.  Each one of us underwent the acceptance/rejection process […]

15
Mar

Reclaiming Everyday with Gina and Joanie

I was delighted and honored when Gina Stinson, author of Reclaimed: Stories of Rescued Moments and Days, requested an interview with me for her blog. Gina understands grief and loss. But God has has restored her joy as He reclaimed these seasons of her life for his glory. She loves to share her story as […]

18
Feb

Galantines Day—Hearts for Teal

Teal hearts dangled from my lighted mantle in honor of Galentine’s Day—a Zoom Valentine’s Day celebration with fellow ovarian cancer survivors, my teal sisters. The director of the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (WOCA) invited me to read a few selections from my book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer and then share my writing […]

25
Jan

Soup—Winter’s Comfort Food

I love curling up with a steaming mug of soup on a chilly evening. Whether cooking in a crockpot or simmering on the stove, the aroma invites us to partake of winter’s ultimate comfort food. How appropriate January has been designated National Soup Month. Many years ago, I received an unusual Christmas present—a Taste of Home subscription. […]

15
Dec

The Gifts of the Magi

My cry echoed the cries of many throughout the centuries, culminating in the haunting strains of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  In 2006, my treadmill of holiday festivities sputtered to a halt. Instead of my Christmas letter brimming with the clever antics of beloved children and pets, I announced, “I have ovarian cancer.” Chemotherapy had sapped my stamina, […]

10
Nov

7 Gifts Hidden in the Shadow of Cancer

How could anything good come from cancer? As an oncology nurse, I was familiar with the ravages of cancer and chemotherapy. But in 2006, ovarian cancer flung me to the other side of the bed. I dutifully exchanged my nursing scrubs for peekaboo gowns and skid free gripper socks. Instead of threading needles into the […]