I am a veteran high school ELA teacher and former foster parent of 93, a mother. and a widow. I am an avid Scrabbler.
My sole podcast can be found at https://anchor.fm/rachel-1969
My older daughter, whom we adopted from foster care, suffered the stillbirth of her anencephalic daughter in April of 2016. She has bravely shared her story.
The second most read story on this site is the story of her daughter’s birth: https://cynicalchristianlikeyou.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/the-worst-best-day/
My younger daughter is now in grad school.
My husband of 30 years had a bone marrow transplant for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in 2001. He subsequently got Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma from the treatment of his first cancer, then another OSCC. In 2019, he had two heart surgeries. We taught at the same high school.
To chronologically follow the story God’s work in all of our lives, start at https://cynicalchristianlikeyou.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/on-the-waving-of-the-checkered-flag/ and read forward.
Finally, an essay that every woman should read is CJ Hauser’s “The Crane Wife.” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/16/the-crane-wife/
If you know Eric Church personally, please thank him for saving my life with his music.