The Back Porch

My brother and his wife moved into a new house in the fall of 2015.  It is a beautiful home with wooded property on the other side of the fence.  Very quiet and peaceful.

On Monday, November 23rd of that year, my wife died in her sleep.  Her funeral was on Wednesday, November 25th.  Thanksgiving was on the next day, Thursday, November 26th.

I was asked to come to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving.  Everyone knew I would be hurting, but also knew I didn’t need to be alone.  I knew it as well, so I went for the day.

The house was full of family and little children.  I was used to my home being much quieter with just Terrie and me.  So it didn’t take a long time Continue reading

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When God Changes Your Way

Have you every been in a strange location and come upon a detour sign?  You are unsure of where the detour will lead you, but trust that it will eventually get you back onto the road you want to be on.

There are detours in our lives that changes our coarse, our plans, and our desires.   When Terrie died, my life began a new and unexpected detour.  For you, it might have been a divorce or a loss of a job or health difficulties, but while disappointing and even Continue reading

You Only Need One

As I have observed families for most of my life, I have come to believe that I have been blessed with the brother and sister the Lord provided for me.

I have heard of siblings actually fighting one another or not liking, much less loving one another, but that has not been our case.  We have not always agreed on specific things, but we have always shown love and respect for one another.

Brenda is one and Continue reading

In The Same Boat

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a car wreck.  A man made a left turn in front of me and we collided.  Fortunately, neither of us was injured.  My car, however, will be in the repair shop for a total of four weeks.

I was thinking about the idiom “being in the same boat”.  The meaning of the idiom is when we share unfortunate circumstances as others.  Through no fault of my own, both the other driver and I have damaged vehicles and inconvenience.  We shared the same boat. Continue reading