Madeline Louise

"Mama, there's puppies next door!  Daddy, come see!"  Maggie and Serrah, heralded their news in stereo.  Great. OK, let's go have a look."  We were in Bismarck celebrating my younger sister, Carmen, graduating high school, with my family.  The neighbor handed puppies over the fence to Maggie, Serrah, Lyle, and I, "They're eight weeks, yellow... Continue Reading →

“Oh, NO, no, no, no!  Maggie Ann! What the heck?!”  To my complete horror, I watched my eldest daughter, as in super slow motion, walk toward our home from a couple of houses down.  She was holding her clothes in one arm.  She was stark naked?! Why? What on earth?  I closed my eyes, opening... Continue Reading →

Our child was missing, and the world has never been a bigger place than it was that Sunday morning as we stood in our doorway looking out into it with terror in our hearts.  "GO to the neighbors'.  Maybe they saw something, or she's there.  You know how friendly she is."  It was true.  At... Continue Reading →


There truly are moments in time that stand still and stay preserved as snapshots in our minds.  I sat in the recliner nursing my infant twins simultaneously in "football hold", just as I had learned it from the books I had read in preparation for mothering these babies.  A playpen full of clean clothes sat... Continue Reading →

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