Lessons from Life from the Astronaut’s Wife


The Russian Price

In 1978, before the perestroika and glasnost movements were instituted in Russia, my husband, Jim, received an invitation to preach in the underground churches of Odessa and Kharkov. Jim was eag…
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Decisions

Emotions can often interfere with wisdom when it comes to making life-changing decisions. All too often we find ourselves in this predicament – do we trust our heart, or our mind. Recently, I…
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Water Lessons

The 1970’s and 80’s was the era of the waterbed – a fad which many people enthusiastically embraced. It was said that a waterbed could provide a better night’s sleep than a traditional mattress, bu…
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Lesson from a Stubborn Violet

Garden nurseries are one of my favorite places to walk around and admire beautiful plants. I often purchase potted flowers or trailing vines. I must admit that African violets are not one of my fav…
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My Song

Thirty-five years ago several of my children were still living at home. As their mother, I cleaned our house, did the shopping, washed countless loads of laundry, planted and tended a vegetable …
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Remnants

Growing up as the youngest girl in a family of ten children there was rarely extra money for purchasing new clothes. Most of my wardrobe consisted of “hand-me-downs” from my four older sisters. …
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Friends

My junior year in high school had already begun; I was seventeen and enrolled in a Christian co-ed boarding school one hundred and forty miles from home. I had attended the same school my sophomore…
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A Fire in the Hearth

My favorite time of the year in Colorado is when the days and nights are snowy. In the snowy weather, I always build a fire in the living room fireplace. First I place a crumpled newspaper in th…
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This Little Light of Mine

When I was nineteen, I had the privilege of teaching kindergarten children at the church I attended. One of their favorite songs to sing was, “This Little Light of Mine.” We lifted u…
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The Ocean and Me

Alone on a Caribbean cruise, I spent hours on the deck observing the intense sea colors of light and dark aqua. While we were navigating the ocean, my artist’s eyes were watching as the wh…
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The Wonder

THE WONDER In 1973, I enjoyed the rare experience of spending Christmas Eve with my family in the ancient city of Bethlehem. While there, I began to wonder why the traditional date of Messiah&r…
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Run With Horses

The young brown colt had not been named, nor had his owner been able to get close enough to touch him. My four children and I went out to visit the owner of the colt, and see the rest of her hor…
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Romania

In April of 1996, ten choir members from the church I attended in Colorado Springs boarded a flight to Bucharest, Romania. We would be part of a one hundred and ten voice choir to sing an Easter…
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Authority and Boundaries

Snakes are on the top of my list of disliked creatures. Whether or not they are poisonous or non-poisonous, seeing one will give me the “heebie-jeebies.” Snakes were plentiful in my …
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Sheltered

In Florida, monsoon season begins in June and often lasts into October. It is a time of welcome relief from the very dry winter months when living green things become thirsty. However, the gloom…
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