Eighteen years ago I spent most of my last pregnancy fighting off the cultural norm to deliver the baby via C-Section. Even so, on this day in the year 2000, our princesita (child number four, daughter number one), entered this world...via caesarean. We were living in Chihuahua City at that time and as my dear Mexican friends and neighbors began finding out I was pregnant … [Read more...] about The OB, a Scalpel, and Our Mexicana Rose
. Some might say we were crazy to have gone out that evening. Our Oaxacan friends certainly would say that. I suspect even our die-hard Cleveland friends and family might have questioned our sanity. But sometimes you have to be crazy in love. . . One day during our brief trip to Ohio last month, an hour before sunset, we donned what limited … [Read more...] about Romance Below Zero
They write, they draw, and they use their talent to touch the world for Christ. Called to be creative, they are the Word Painters, and I'd like you to meet them. Ronne and Courtney start their mornings with a common theme: Jesus and coffee. The time begins with prayer – a simple “Please help me calm down and focus on what I’m preparing to study” that is essential for creative … [Read more...] about Meet the Word Painters
It was desperation. Pure, unadulterated desperation that drove us to scheming an international smuggling operation in which we involved our four youngsters. Neither regret nor remorse are motivating me to come clean now, years later, though you may consider this my public confession of our contraband years. Books and Fools It all began shortly after we moved to Chihuahua, … [Read more...] about Operation Carpe Librum
"Who do you think you are?" asked the voice. I sulked. Again, with prodding, "Who do you think you are...to call yourself a writer...to build a 'writer' page and expect people to like it? Really!? Just who do you think you are?" The voice had a point. I am nobody important. I am uneducated, unimpressive, and unqualified. With a sigh of resignation, I … [Read more...] about Who Do You Think You Are?