As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has […]
El Greco, St. Veronica Holding the Veil (Wikimedia)
Veronica is not mentioned in the Bible, but in the tradition of the Church she is a woman who was moved with compassion on seeing Jesus carrying his cross through the streets of Jerusalem, and offered her veil to wipe his blood-covered face. Jesus then gave her his […]
James Tissot via Wikimedia Commons, showing Jesus and the disciples as they most likely ate, reclining on couches
Huldah is many things: A friend, a mother, a mother-in-law, a widow and a simple soul. She lives with her son, Ephraim and his wife Anah, doing the small tasks of her station in life with great love. Huldah’s […]
Duccio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Anah is the first ‘daughter of Jerusalem’ we encounter in Walk In Her Sandals. She is a young married Jewish woman, praying fervently for a child. In Anah’s time and culture, children were seen as it was a sign of God’s favor and childlessness a sign that you had displeased God—or […]
How does a trip to the UK with 4 teenagers sound?
Absolutely. And also a great way to make memories as my family grows up and my children start leaving the nest at an alarming rate. (Ok, my oldest daughter is not technically a teenager, she just turned 20)
On the other hand, traveling with six […]
Given my interest in Biblical history, it’s no surprise that Christmas decorating at my house includes a lot of nativity scenes. We have plenty of candles, sparkling ornaments, and candy canes, but nativity scenes are my favorite and at last count, we had eight sets. In one of my favorite Christmas traditions, my kids buy […]
Every year, Labor Day camping log-jams right up against the first day of school, leaving me loads of laundry, piles of paperwork, and well behind on my writing schedule. Therefore, in lieu of a blog post, I give you instead a few family snapshots of the end of summer and the beginning of the school […]
South America: it conjures up visions of jungles, political unrest, and poverty. What was I doing bringing 24 kids to a continent I knew nothing about?
When we boarded our flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect. My knowledge of South America was based on evening […]
This love story started in the summer of 1955 when Jeanette, a Minnesota schoolteacher, took a trip […]
Lots of people don’t read past The End in a book. That’s fine for them, but I like to read it all—the acknowledgements, the author bio, the book club questions. Probably because if I liked the book, I’m just not ready to put it down.
Before The Well went to print, I was asked to answer […]